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Eclogue Definition

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Definition of: Eclogue

Poetry Definition

Short pastoral poem originally written by Virgil who was imitating the idylls of Theocritus. Eclogues may also express religious or ethical themes. A modern example of the form is Eclogue from Iceland by Louis MacNeice. The eclogue is sometimes known as the bucolic.

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Standard Definition

[n] a short descriptive poem of rural or pastoral life

Synonyms

bucolic, idyll

See Also...

pastoral

Misc. Definitions

\Ec"logue\, n. [L. ecloga, Gr. ? a selection, choice extracts, fr. ? to pick out, choose out; ? out + ? to gather, choose: cf. F. ['e]gloque, ['e]cloque. See {Ex-}, and {Legend}.] A pastoral poem, in which shepherds are introduced conversing with each other; a bucolic; an idyl; as, the Ecloques of Virgil, from which the modern usage of the word has been established.

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