Viewpoints in Poetry: Hesiod, Sackville-West, Vergil

  • John G. Fitch
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)


This chapter studies poems of knowledge—specifically knowledge about farming—by Hesiod, Sackville-West and Vergil. It shows how poetry reveals the viewpoint which colours the knowledge in question: in the first two cases, the author’s own viewpoint, but in Vergil’s case, the various and even conflicting viewpoints of his predecessors, which he manifests by the process of allusion.


Didactic poetry Hesiod Sackville-West Vergil Georgics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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