The earliest efforts of his art (the Eclogues) reproduce the cadences, the diction and the pastoral fancies of Theocritus; but even in these imitative poems of his youth Virgil shows a perfect mastery of his materials.
Though the book is imitative and secondary in character it contains several passages of force and beauty, e.g.
In many ways, the work shows Rheinberger's classical leanings, with its substantial use of imitative counterpoint.
The absence of a mouth makes no difference and serves to prove the smile is not imitative.
Their technical ability was incomparablethough in grace of decorative conception they yielded the palm to the Japaneseand the representative specimens they bequeathed to posterity remained, until quite recently, far beyond the imitative capacity of European or Asiatic experts.