Definition of georgic in English:



  • 1A poem or book dealing with agriculture or rural topics.

    • ‘This, in its essentials, is the empire Dwight's georgic reproduces as a model to his American readers, and the one he wants their labors to rebuild.’
    • ‘For Dwight, as we will see, the inability to escape such a recognition becomes a central problem for his georgic to resolve.’
    • ‘Newbery published his first collection of verse, Poems on Several Occasions, which included a blank-verse georgic in two books, ‘The Hop-Garden’, and lighter verse.’
    • ‘English imperial georgics describe imperial expansion in such a way that virtuous, civilizing labor is rendered infinitely progressive.’
    • ‘Bohls's comments on the eighteenth-century georgic are important and provide links to earlier essays in the volume.’
    pastoral, eclogue, rural poem
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    1. 1.1 The title of a didactic poem on farming by the Roman poet Virgil.


  • Rustic; pastoral.

    • ‘Heeding this georgic lesson, the republican villager contributes to the well-being of his community.’
    • ‘Through a truly imperial application of synecdoche, this georgic trajectory of empire occludes the dark sides of commerce and conquest.’
    • ‘A full-length study of georgic poetry in colonial and early United States literature remains to be written.’
    • ‘Through his continued application of georgic strategies, he is returned to a truly Virgilian sense of the extreme volatility of the labor of imperial regeneration.’
    • ‘Exemplifying the vigilance of these figures, the georgic poet of Greenfield Hill is relentless, even obsessive, in exposing forces of dissolution and admonishing his readers to resist and counteract them.’
    rural, country, countryside, countrified, outdoor, rustic, agricultural, agrarian, provincial, grassy, green, verdant
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Early 16th century: via Latin from Greek geōrgikos, from geōrgos ‘farmer’.