Die Dichtkunst Virgils. Bild und Symbol in der Äneis.
Rohrer Verlag, Wiesbaden, 1950. 1st ed. 288p. Cloth wrps.'This new study of the 'Aeneid' has as its purpose to examine the way in which the main themes of the poem and the characters and fates of its chief figures are expressed symbolically, through descriptions, similes, and so on. To its author the characteristic feature of Virgil's poetry is the intimate connexion between form and content, and the manner in which the outer events reflect the emotions of the characters and the tone of the episode or of the work as a whole. (...) In his tratment of particular passages Pöschl is sympathetic and sensitive, alive to alle the nuances of a simile or a descriptive passage. His interpretations are not susceptible of proof - we are here in the realm or taste and feeling; but, drawn as they are from the context, they are at least to the point. Occasionally one feels thet the methoc involves some ignoring of relevant considerations. (...) There are some points in the book that seem open to criticism. There is much, however, that is suggestive and illuminating. Pöschl expresses the hope that his work will help to overcome the old German prejudice against Virgil and restore him to a firm place in German culture. Representing something of a reaction from traditional German scholarship to a more aesthetic approach, it should have a wide appeal among his fellow countryman. To non-German readers, though its critical concepts may be somewhat alien and its interpretations not in all cases acceptable, it will be welcome as a fresh and interesting contribution to the criticism of the 'Aeneid'. (M.L. CLARKE in The Classical Review (New Series), 1951, pp.149-151).