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Transcript of Pastoral Poetry
Idealism rather than realism
Love and seduction
The value of poetry
Death and mourning--
The Pastoral Elegy
The corruption of the city or court vs. the "purity" of idealized country life
Politics (generally treated satirically: the "shepherds" critique society or easily identifiable political figures).
COMMON LITERARY TERMS
Image of a pastoral view that would inspire a pastoral poet.
What is Pastoral poetry?
"Pastoral" (from pastor, Latin for "shepherd") refers to a literary work dealing with shepherds and rustic life.
A term that can be applied to
work with a rural setting and that generally praises a rustic way of life.
The pastoral poem elevates the life of the shepherd or shepherdess, versus the evils of the city.
Characters are shepherds or people characterized by
Pastoral settings we've seen and read about before!
Of Mice and Men
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Pastoral poetry were largely established by the ancient Greek Theocritus.
The tradition was passed from Greece to Rome, where Virgil used it in his Eclogues.
Pastoral dramas first appeared in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Pastoral romance novels appeared during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Famous Pastoral Poets
*Links to further study
There are no set stanza limits, or any particular rhyme scheme for the pastoral poetry form.
There is no upper or lower limitation to the number of lines in the poem.
Come live with me and be my
And we will all the pleasures
That valleys, groves, hills, and
Woods, or steepy mountain
And we will sit upon
Seeing the shepherds feed their
By shallow rivers to whose
Melodious birds sing
And I will make thee beds of
And a thousand fragrant
A cap of flowers, and a
Embroidered all with leaves of
A gown made of the dinest
Which from our pretty lambs we
Fair lined slippers for the
With buckles of the purest
A belt of straw and ivy
With coral clasps and amber
And if these pleasures may thee
Come live with me, and be my
Christopher Marlowe, 1599
Enjambment- continuation of a sentence
or clause over a line-break
“And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.”
-With buckles of the purest gold
-A thousand fragrant poises
Static- the poem does not change in opinion or time
"Large fields and low pastoral hills."
Most common form is Iambic foots (in the stress feet)
Series of rhyming couplets
Reflective poetry with regular rhyme scheme
Reveals the poet's thoughts and feelings to create a single, unique impression.
Does it have a rhyme scheme?
Does it have an Iambic foot?
Series of rhyming couplets
Is it subjective and/or reflective?
Does it reveal the poet's thoughts and feelings to create a unique impression?
Does it have informal language?
DIY: HOW TO VERIFY
A PASTORAL POEM
a dialogue between two shepherds/persons
a long tedious speech by one shepherd
Two Main Genres
The Shepherd's swains shall dance and
For thy delights thy each May
If thy delights thy mind may
Then live with me and be my
Marlow was a lyricist poet in the early Renaissance
He was born in 1564 and died in 1593 in a tavern fight
He was arrested for being an atheist
-This may have led to his belief in the corruptness of cities,
a common theme in
First to write a tragedy in English, and to use blank verse, which inspired Shakespeare to do so as well.
Is rumored to be Shakespeare
Sir Philip Sydney
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AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE
25 February 2014
Pastoral Poetry Form
By Simi Chugani