from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- See Virgil.
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- proper n. Alternative spelling of Virgil. ( the writer)
- proper n. A male given name, a rare spelling variant of Virgil.
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- n. a Roman poet; author of the epic poem `Aeneid' (70-19 BC)
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With the simplest words and the most severe economy of diction, he produces an effect such as Vergil rarely surpassed, and such as was never excelled or equalled again in the poetry of Southern Europe till Dante told the story of Paolo and
And when Augustus brought these conflicts to an end, there was a host of high-minded individuals, such as Vergil,
The boy entering the room about that time lifted such a protest that a "Vergil" and a "Cicero" were recovered from the flames, but the other books, including some good original manuscript, went up in smoke.
With all due respect to Homer and Vergil (and that's a lot), my favorite epic is Ariosto's Orlando Furioso.
It seems that for many that there is a crisis of meaning and that there is something so personal about the epic form as for it to have such a resonance with people today, millennia removed from the days of Homer and Vergil.
This is why I always think of Vergil when I contemplate rereading, when he said: Non canimus surdis, respondent omnia silvae, or Not to deaf ears I sing, for the woods echo my singing.
Vergil or anyone else was free to come along and have a shot at the Troy stories, if they could stand the comparison to the big guy.
For those of us interested in serious literature (e.g. Homer, Vergil, Shakespeare), Achebe is a joke, an insult.
It is worth noting that the modern Italians can use "paese" in the same sense as Vergil did "patria": little more than "neck of the woods."
It would have to be someone with lots of re-readability, I guess: Dante, Vergil, or Shakespeare would be candidates.