‘But I, while vineyards ring with the cicadas’ scream,
Retrace your steps, alone, beneath the burning sun.’
Virgil’s lyrical, wistful and often witty pastoral poems.
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Publius Vergilius Maro (70-19 BCE). Virgil’s other works available in Penguin Classics are The Aeneid, The Eclogues and The Georgics.
About the Author
Virgil (70 BC – 19 BC) is considered to be Rome’s greatest poet and one of the most influential writers of all time. His work, particularly the epic poem The Aeneid, has had lasting impact on the Western canon, inspiring Dante, Milton and James Joyce.