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date: 10 December 2019

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Eighteenth-century georgic is a mixed and adaptive form, which carries the Virgilian Georgics into the mid-eighteenth-century world of manufacturing and commerce. It combines a respect for traditional wisdom and skills with a modern concern for new inventive methods; and as the eighteenth century moved into the era of the industrial revolution georgic was useful for handling innovative, practical, and seemingly ‘unpoetic’ topics such as the woolen industry, rat-poisoning, beer-making, or the human diet. Since the ancient founding text of Hesiod’s Works and Days georgic has always been interested in work, and eighteenth-century poets are bold and inventive in the risks they take with a language that consciously expresses the labor of working with difficult materials and unpoetic subjects.

Keywords: poetry, pastoral, genre, nature, education, work, labor

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