Definition of eclogue in English:



  • A short poem, especially a pastoral dialogue.

    • ‘English pastoral was inaugurated by Spenser's verse eclogues in The Shepheardes Calendar and further developed in The Arcadia, a prose romance by Sidney.’
    • ‘On Monday the English professor taught ‘Lycidas’ and discussed pastoral elegy, Moschus, and why ‘pastures new’ enrolled Milton in Virgil's trajectory of eclogue, georgic, and epic, the classic career shape of the major poet.’
    • ‘The pastoral eclogue in its simplest form is a dialogue between shepherds about love and death, which they engage in while tending their flocks in a rustic setting.’
    • ‘Wilcher reads George Daniel's Polylogia, a collection of eclogues, in terms of how they offer choices facing poets on the verge of war: either proclaim loyalty or profess silence.’
    • ‘This lack is, I believe, linked to the general neglect of the verse historia contained in the second eclogue.’
    • ‘To someone looking for resources to carry him through another round of suffering, the setting seems to foreclose all possibility of future piscatory eclogues.’
    • ‘Like his choice of the theme of ordering or improving a garden, Marvell's choice to draw on the tradition of the messianic eclogue needs to be seen in the changing context of who in his own time was claiming to be ushering in a new age.’
    • ‘Myths about rural life are as old as the Greek eclogues and as modern as the L.L. Bean catalog.’
    • ‘The following weekend I burned the midnight oil translating one of the eclogues into rhymed couplets for the following week.’
    • ‘Marino treats the conflation of the metamorphosed Daphne with the poet's instrument and song at length, perhaps in order to strengthen the connection with the eclogue that directly follows it in his collection, entitled ‘Siringa.’’
    • ‘The point of restoring Garcilaso's second eclogue to the center of the volume's conception, then, is to recover the historical setting for the transformation to a classical-heroic poetic voice in Books 3-4.’
    • ‘As in the case of the story of Severo in Garcilaso's second eclogue, critics have generally found this section largely irrelevant and insignificant.’
    • ‘In the typical Golden Age eclogue, nature may be transformed but the spring is that which is celebrated and prolonged.’
    pastoral, eclogue, georgic, rural poem


Late Middle English via Latin from Greek eklogē ‘selection’, from eklegein ‘pick out’.