Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saturday commute xxviii: the farm vehicle

fortunatos nimium,
sua si bona norint

Of Professor Highet's famous poets in a land-scape - and in truth, probably among all poets, although thankfully that is unnecessary to say - Virgil is the dearest to me, and most constantly in his Georgics. I live on a farm, and I derive the greater part of my living from farming; but I am not a farmer, except of other people's minds. This is the poet who has done the same with me; has shown me what that means, and that this is farming.

fortunate farmers, if
only they knew how lucky they are

37-30 BC

David Ferry, translation
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005©

Janet Lembke, translation
Yale University Press, 2005©

Kimberly Johnson, translation
Penguin Classics, 2009©

Gilbert Highet,
Poets in a Landscape
op. cit.

Photo Bruce Weber

1 comment:

  1. I always enjoy the juxtaposition of the images with the words you write or select. Thank you.