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 (ĕk′lôg′, -lŏg′)
A pastoral poem, usually in the form of a dialogue between shepherds.

[Middle English eclog, from Latin ecloga, from Greek eklogē, selection, from eklegein, to select; see eclectic.]


(Poetry) a pastoral or idyllic poem, usually in the form of a conversation or soliloquy
[C15: from Latin ecloga short poem, collection of extracts, from Greek eklogē selection, from eklegein to select; see eclectic]


(ˈɛk lɔg, -lɒg)

a pastoral poem, often in dialogue form.
[1400–50; late Middle English eclog < Latin ecloga < Greek eklogḗ selection, derivative of eklégein to single out; see eclectic]
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Noun1.eclogue - a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life
pastoral - a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)


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He, indeed, appeared at the annual exhibition, to the prodigious exultation of all his relatives, a farmer’s family in the vicinity, and repeated the whole of the first eclogue from memory, observing the intonations of the dialogue with much judgment and effect.
Then to the yard with the whole of them," said the curate; "for to have the burning of Queen Pintiquiniestra, and the shepherd Darinel and his eclogues, and the bedevilled and involved discourses of his author, I would burn with them the father who begot me if he were going about in the guise of a knight-errant.
The author of that book, too," said the curate, "is a great friend of mine, and his verses from his own mouth are the admiration of all who hear them, for such is the sweetness of his voice that he enchants when he chants them: it gives rather too much of its eclogues, but what is good was never yet plentiful: let it be kept with those that have been set apart.
The significance of 'The Shepherd's Calendar' lies partly in its genuine feeling for external Nature, which contrasts strongly with the hollow conventional phrases of the poetry of the previous decade, and especially in the vigor, the originality, and, in some of the eclogues, the beauty, of the language and of the varied verse.
The gloss in the "June" eclogue notes that the story is "no poetical fiction, but unfeynedly spoken of the poete selfe, who for speciall occasion of private affayres, (as I have bene partly of himselfe informed) and .
In "Seventh Eclogue," perhaps Radnoti's most famous poem, his speaker invokes the reality of the labor camp at Heidenau in July 1944 with its degradation, physical pain, and hunger from which sleep can still liberate the prisoner: "only thus may the fantasy free itself:/ dream the redeemer dissolves the wreck of the body,/ and off they go homeward, the whole campful of prisoners" Writing in the dark, since "the guards took away everything," flashlight and book, his speaker tells, "I feel my way over the poem .
In the first line of Eclogue I, Meliboeus, the shepherd, declares to his friend Tityrus: ".
gives to Spenser's use of a "carefull Hyperbaton" in the May eclogue of The Shepheardes Calendar, a figure that is routinely associated with "overstepping" grammatical order and that Puttenham translates as "The Trespasser.
Auden's eclogue, The Age of Anxiety (1947), depicts the
And, though of the poets in question, he might be the one who seems to most easily believe in the possibility of "infinite renewal" (34), she recognizes in Garcilaso's poetics a troubling conundrum: how the poet, especially in Eclogue II, realizes that "[i]ndividual and community are interdependent rather than in opposition, yet the success of one is often realised through the sacrifice of the other" (59).
Hollander argues that because Dante makes the correct scholarly identification of the Virgo of the Eclogue as the Roman goddess Astrea in De Monarchia and in one of his letters, this shows that he did not accept the poem as a prophecy of Christ (Dante: A Life in Works 119).
Violinist Benjamin Baker delivered a moving, note perfect Lark Ascending and his virtuosity was matched in the less familiar Eclogue for Strings (Gerald Finzi) by pianist Walter Delahunt.