Sunday, March 30, 2014


The Best Poem of the Best Poet

Dryden called Vergil's Georgics "the best poem of the best poet" (in the dedication of his translation to Lord Chesterfield). Leopardi said much the same thing in his Zibaldone (2475-2476): "nel poema piú perfetto del piú perfetto ed elegante poeta latino." I don't see Dryden mentioned in the index of the new translation of Zibaldone by Kathleen Baldwin et al. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013).

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