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Melancholy
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Vittoria's melancholy on an overcast day is represented in the lines of Publio Virgilio Marón in his study of Virgil:

“To the mourner by the pyre, then, if Virgil had said anything at all--poets have their own times and ways of speaking--he might have said--or, more probably, he would himself have felt--that capacity for sorrow is a measure of love, that love is often best learnt in sorrow, and that there is nothing for man [or woman!]--better worth learning at whatever cost. And he would have felt the gap in what he said.”






“But life is not all battle and bereavement, and one of Virgil's great achievements is to open up for us many avenues to delight.

“The wonder is that with such a consciousness of human misery Virgil could write a poem of such enduring happiness as the Georgics.”





“Like his hero [Virgil] never surrenders, though it is with a terrible sense of effort that hero and poet keep facing for Latium, particularly when with time it seems to come no nearer.

It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
To dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall,
And baffled, get up and begin again.








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