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Virgil

Name at birth: Publius Vergilius MaroThe most famous poet of ancient Rome, Virgil (or Vergil) wrote the Aeneid, one of the greatest epic poems in human history. Raised on a farm in northern Italy, he…

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Sonnet

by Percy Bysshe Shelley From Vergil's Fourth GeorgicThe First Canzone of the ConvitoSonnet From the italian of Dante Published with "Alastor", 1816; reprinted, "Posthumous Poems", 1824. …

Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Same

by Percy Bysshe Shelley From Vergil's Tenth EclogueFrom Vergil's Fourth GeorgicThe Same (As revised by Mr. C.D. Locock.) Melodious Arethusa, o'er my verse Shed thou once more the spirit…

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Translations

by Percy Bysshe Shelley Queen MabTranslationsOf the Translations that follow a few were published by Shelley himself, others by Mrs. Shelley in the "Posthumous Poems", 1824, or the "Poetical Works", …

Brewer's: Aquiline

(3 syl.). Raymond's matchless steed, bred on the banks of the Tagus. (Georgics, iii. 271–277; and Tasso, Jerusalem Delivered, book vii.) (See Horse.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and…

Brewer's: Cymodoce

(4 syl.). A sea nymph and companion of Venus. (Virgil: Georgic, iv. 338; and again, Æneid, v. 826.) The word means “wave-receiving.” The Garden of Cymodoce. Sark, one of t…

Brewer's: Mantuan Swain, Swan

or Bard (The). Virgil, a native of Mantua, in Italy. Besides his great Latin epic, he wrote pastorals and Georgics. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Manucodia…

Brewer's: Heliotrope

(4 syl.). Apollo loved Clytie, but forsook her for her sister Leucothoe. On discovering this, Clytie pined away; and Apollo changed her at death to a flower, which, always turning towards t…

Brewer's: Invisibility

according to fable, may be obtained in a multitude of ways. For example: Albric's cloak, called Tarnkappe (3 syl.), which Siegfried got possession of, rendered him invisible. (Nibelungen L…