Vergil has exerted a stronger grasp on the poetic imagination
and critical scholarship than almost any other poet. This absorbing
book-a collection of essays and conversations by such leading poets
and classicists as Joseph Brodsky, Christine Perkell, Michael C. J.
Putnam, and Mark Strand-explores the ways in which Vergil's work
has inspired readers of today.
The book takes a broad look at questions of historicism: how we
read a work written 2,000 years ago. There are not only close
readings of the Aeneid, the Eclogues,
and Georgics, but also essays dealing
with such topics as Vergil's influence from the Renaissance to the
present. The book concludes with two special sections: a lively
conversation on translation between Robert Fagles and Sarah Spence
and a "virtual" roundtable discussion in which Spence has woven
together the responses of poets and critics to Vergil's
Subjects: Language & Literature
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