Definition of eclogue :
A pastoral poem, in which shepherds are introduced conversing with each other; a bucolic; an idyl; as, the Ecloques of Virgil, from which the modern usage of the word has been established.
- This in Virgil always puts me in mind of some Verses of his own, which I have elsewhere cited: Verses, which, in the Sixth Eclogue, the Speakers apply to each other; and which, above all Writers, are most applicable to Him, who gives Speech to them both. - "The Preface to the Aeneis of Virgil (1718)", Joseph Trapp.
- Even to the Christian Church he remained a poet sacred and apart: in his profound tenderness and his mystical " yearning after the further shore," as much as in the supposed prophecy of the fourth Eclogue, they found and reverenced what seemed to them like an unconscious inspiration. - "Latin Literature", J. W. Mackail.
- One of the shepherds in Vergil's fifth eclogue invites the other to " sit beneath the grateful shade, which hazels interlaced with elms have made;" but this hazel of which Menelaus spoke was a tree. - "Some Winter Days in Iowa", Frederick John Lazell.