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THESE ten short pieces , the earliest authentic works of Virgil , treat of pastoral
subjects , the loves and songs of herdsmen ( Bovkóhor ) , and hence are called
BUCOLICS . They were published under the title of ECLOGUES ( ékoyai ...
This form of verse is called Amæbæan ( dpoißaios , responsive ) . The couplets
are wholly disconnected , some of them mere squibs flung out , it is supposed , by
the poet at his rivals . Though the Amæbæan verse Greek , and the poem itself ...
That is , it is a narrative poem , noble in its subject , elevated and picturesque in
style , having heroic or legendary persons as its actors , while its plot is carried
forward by divine or supernatural agencies , technically called its " machinery .
Several reeds of different lengths were fastened together with wax , making a
rude musical instrument now called Pandean Pipes , — first made , it was said ,
by the god Pan from the reed into which the nymph Syrinx had been transformed
The goddess herself was called Trivia . indocte , ignoramus . 27. stridenti ...
carmen , mangle a wretched tune on a squeaking straw . Compare Lycidas , 123
: – « Their lean and flashy songs Grate on their scrannel pipes of wretched straw .
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