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Welcome to georgic.leeds.ac.uk, an online resource for the study of georgic literature from antiquity to the present.

‘A Georgic… is some part of the science of husbandry put into a pleasing dress, and set off with all the beauties and embellishments of poetry.’ – Joseph Addison, An Essay on Virgil’s Georgics (1697)

Georgic is a genre or mode based on Virgil’s four-part poem The Georgics (c. 29 BC), but which often incorporates elements from other classical sources such as Hesiod and Horace. It usually takes the form of didactic and/or descriptive poetry about labour, especially agricultural labour. However fixing upon a definition is difficult, as georgic is also characterised by its variety and flexibility. Over the centuries there have been urban georgics, leisure georgics, prose georgics, and mock-georgics.

Visit the About page for more information about this website and the research into georgic being carried out at the University of Leeds.

Information about the Reworking Georgic symposium, to be held at the University of Leeds in 2019, will be available on the Symposium page.

See the Bibliography for a list of recent and classic criticism on georgic literature in English.

Thomas Bewick, ‘Fable of the Gnat and the Bee’ (1784)
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