9. The Romantic Georgic and the Work of Writing

  1. Charles Mahoney Associate Professor of English
  1. Tim Burke Research Fellow

Published Online: 3 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch9

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

How to Cite

Burke, T. (2010) The Romantic Georgic and the Work of Writing, in A Companion to Romantic Poetry (ed C. Mahoney), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch9

Editor Information

  1. University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. Nottingham Trent University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 26 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135542

Online ISBN: 9781444390650



  • The Romantic Georgic and the work of writing;
  • measure of expanding precincts of scholarship of Romanticism - Companion to Romantic Poetry;
  • Romanticism, more than any other poetic movement - very antithesis of physical temporal, processes of productive labor;
  • work's genres, georgic and pastoral - genre of pastoral, consequence of this altered landscape;
  • Dryden's translation, and Joseph Addison's acute essays - prompting the early eighteenth-century craze for Georgic in Britain;
  • astonishment, and sense of aptness in a working poet - inspiration from a book about the value of work;
  • Yearsley, no passive recipient of More's manipulations - reading the Georgics carefully;
  • Virgil, celebrating farmer's remoteness from the city - a place where “the rods of public power” and the “iron rule of laws” corrupt and madden;
  • Cowper and Wordsworth, registering necessity of rural production - toilsome efforts in composing verse;
  • Wordsworth's fisherman, a ghastly irruption - picturesque and the pastoral, Georgic struggle to survive against a nature indifferent to human needs


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Work's Genres: Georgic and Pastoral

  • Hannah More's Stare

  • “It was our occupation to observe”: Labor in Wordsworth

  • Conclusion

  • References and Further Reading