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Timothy Saunders, Charles Martindale, Ralph Pite, and Mathilde Skoie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588541

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588541.001.0001

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Virgil’s Eclogues and Georgics in Charlotte Smith’s Beachy Head

Virgil’s Eclogues and Georgics in Charlotte Smith’s Beachy Head

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(p.161) 8 Virgil’s Eclogues and Georgics in Charlotte Smith’s Beachy Head
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Romans and Romantics
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Juan Christian Pellicer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588541.003.0009

This chapter discusses the formal coherence of Charlotte Smith's Beachy Head (1807) in the light of its generic mixture in drawing on a repertoire of eighteenth-century poetic forms that ultimately derive from the Virgilian pastoral and georgic traditions. It asks whether this Romantic engagement with the eighteenth-century repertoire also casts light on Smith's Roman forebear, Virgil, and specifically on the relationship between Virgil's Eclogues and his agricultural poem, the Georgics.

Keywords:   Beachy Head, eighteenth-century poetry, georgic, mixed genre, pastoral, Charlotte Smith, Virgil

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