XVIII century’s georgic texts chosen by Leopardi in his poetic Crestomazia represent Nature controlled by human knowledge. In particular, some verses from Coltivazione del riso (1758) by Giovan Battista Spolverini’s debate an ecologic topic and introduce a subject which is sati-rized in Palinodia al marchese Gino Capponi but it is also fundamental in La ginestra o il fiore del deserto, that is the contemporary groundless arrogance and pride of the human being in front of Nature.