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Record Number: 306


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

' "This is a very good Idyll. Indeed it is more pleasing to me than almost any other pastoral poem in any language. It was my favourite at College. There is a rich profusion of rustic imagery about it which I find nowhere else. It opens a scene of rural plenty and comfort which quite fills the imagination, - flowers, fruits, leaves, fountains, soft goatskins, old wine, singing birds, joyous friendly companions. The whole has an air of reality which is more interesting than the conventional world which Virgil has placed in Arcadia". So Macaulay characterises the Seventh Idyll of Theocritus.'

Century:

1800-1849, 1850-1899

Date:

Between 25 Oct 1800 and 28 Dec 1859

Country:

India

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Thomas Babington Macaulay

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

25 Oct 1800

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

historian and critic

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

India

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Theocritus

Title:

Seventh Idyll

Genre:

Classics

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

306

Source:

Print

Author:

Thomas Babington Macaulay

Editor:

George Otto Trevelyan

Title:

The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1978

Vol:

2

Page:

402

Additional Comments:

Appendix on Macaulay's marginal notes. Editorial commentary in single inverted commas; double inverted commas denote Macaulay's marginalia.

Citation:

Thomas Babington Macaulay, George Otto Trevelyan (ed.), The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay (Oxford, 1978), 2, p. 402, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=306, accessed: 04 December 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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