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Pastoral poetry


  • Short poems that idealize rural life.

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    • Pastoral poetry
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    • Bucolic poetry
    • Bucolics
    • Eclogues
    • Idyllic poetry
    • Idylls (Pastoral poetry)
    • Idyls (Pastoral poetry)
    • Pastorals
    • Rural poetry
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    • found: Norton anthology of poetry online, Nov. 15, 2012(pastoral: A poem (also called an eclogue, a bucolic, or an idyll) that portrays the simple life of country folk, usually shepherds, as a timeless world of beauty, peace, and contentment. From its beginnings (the Greek Idyls of Theocritus, third century B.C.), pastoral has idealized rural life; poets have used the conventions of this highly artificial form to explore subjects having little to do with any actual countryside. There is also a large subgenre of pastoral elegy).
    • found: Genre terms : a thesaurus for use in rare book and special collections cataloging, via WWW, July 17, 2014(Pastoral poems, BT Poems; Eclogues, Use for short poems on rural or pastoral themes, traditionally in the form of a dialogue between shepherds, UF Bucolic poetry, Idyllic poetry, Pastoral poetry, Rural poetry, BT Poems.)
    • found: Poets.org, viewed Dec. 26, 2012(Poetic form: Pastoral--Viewed alternately as a genre, mode, or convention in poetry (as well as in literature generally, art, and music), the pastoral tradition refers to a lineage of creative works that idealize rural life and landscapes, while the term "pastoral" refers to individual poems or other works in the tradition.)
    • found: Baldick, C. The Oxford dictionary of literary terms, 2008:idyll (idyl) (A short poem describing an incident of country life in terms of idealized innocence and contentment; or any such episode in a poem or prose work. The term is virtually synonymous with pastoral poem, as in Theocritus' Idylls. The title of Tennyson's Idylls of the King, a sequence of Arthurian romances, bears little relation to the usual meaning. Browning in Dramatic Idyls uses the term in another sense, as a short self-contained poem. Adjective: idyllic. See also bucolic poetry, eclogue) bucolic poetry (bucolics) (Another term for pastoral poetry, especially for Virgil's Eclogues and later imitations. More loosely, any verse on rustic subjects) eclogue (A short pastoral poem, often in the form of a shepherds' dialogue or a soliloquy. Some later poets have extended the term to include non-pastoral poems in dialogue form.)
    • found: Reitz, J.M. ODLIS : online dictionary for library and information science, Feb. 17, 2014(idyl: From the Greek word meaning "little picture"--a short poem describing the simplicity and innocence of rural, pastoral, or domestic life. The origin of this literary form can be traced to Theocritus, who described pastoral life in Sicily for readers in Alexandria during the 3rd century B.C. An eclogue is a type of idyl; idyll: A narrative poem based on a romantic, epic, or tragic theme, for example, Idylls of the King (1859) by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, an episodic retelling of the fables of the Holy Grail, Camelot, Round Table, and Morte d'Arthur.)
    • found: Merriam-Webster online, Feb. 17, 2014(idyll 1 a : a simple descriptive work in poetry or prose that deals with rustic life or pastoral scenes or suggests a mood of peace and contentment. b : a narrative poem (as Tennyson's Idylls of the King) treating an epic, romantic, or tragic theme. Variants of idyll: idyl)
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    • Short poems that idealize rural life.
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-22: revised
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