Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pastoral poem, usually in the form of a dialogue between shepherds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pastoral poem, often in the form of a shepherd's monologue or a dialogue between shepherds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pastoral poem, in which shepherds are introduced conversing with each other; a bucolic; an idyl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In poetry, a pastoral composition, in which shepherds are introduced conversing with one another; a bucolic: as, the eclogues of Virgil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life

Etymologies

Middle English eclog, from Latin ecloga, from Greek eklogē, selection, from eklegein, to select; see eclectic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The form "eclogue" is from French eclogue, from Latin ecloga. The form "eclog, eglog", attested in Middle English, was apparently taken directly from Latin. Both forms are ultimately from Ancient Greek ἐκλογή (eklogē, "selection"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Shelley's "modern eclogue" is prefaced by a disclaimer similar to that of "Christabel" and possibly influenced by it: "the impulse of the feelings which moulded the conception of the story," says Shelley, "determined the pauses of a measure, which only pretends to be regular inasmuch as it corresponds with, and expresses, the irregularity of the imaginations which inspired it"

    'Put to the Blush': Romantic Irregularities and Sapphic Tropes

  • [Footnote 1: 'Petrarch, finding nothing in the word eclogue of rural meaning, supposed it to be corrupted by the copiers, and therefore called his own pastorals aeglogues, by which he meant to express the talk of goatherds, though it will mean only the talk of goats.

    Life Of Johnson

  • That's not to be confused with an eclogue, which is a poetic pastoral dialogue.

    SYNTAGMA

  • This same poetry as of a higher kind of eclogue characterizes the second of the great works undertaken by Raphael at the command of Leo

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Being not ignorant of Greek, and finding nothing in the word "eclogue" of rural meaning, he supposed it to be corrupted by the copiers, and therefore called his own productions

    Johnson's Lives of the Poets — Volume 2

  • The two books are both made up of two volumes, with a prologue, an epilogue, and an "eclogue" in between each volume.

    Notes From The Geek Show

  • We board a 21-passenger white minibus, the price of emissions, at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Indian Avenue, and sit back as Ken Huskey aka White Horse, a 40-year veteran in the energy industry, takes the wheel and the mic, delivering in best AM DJ voice a dazzling non-stop physics-laden eclogue on the 300-hundred-foot-high spears with periwinkles on top, and their awesome powers.

    Richard Bangs: How Green Is My Valley?

  • [1] As Redford notes, the phrase echoes two poems from the age of Augustus, a satire by Horace and an eclogue of Vergil, and in each of these contexts the two words seria and ludo take on slightly different meanings.

    A Silly, Very Cultured Club

  • Whether the eclogue about the caring wife will be destroyed?

    The boys head household

  • The eclogue, commonly known as a form of pastoral poem composed of the dialogue of shepherds about the joys of their rural environment, invokes the muse, typically, as the first order of business.

    Evie Shockley reads Ed Roberson

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