Presentation on theme: " from pastor, Latin for "shepherd” refers to a literary work dealing with shepherds and rustic life. The English pastoral is an imitation of the."— Presentation transcript:
from pastor, Latin for "shepherd” refers to a literary work dealing with shepherds and rustic life. The English pastoral is an imitation of the Greek and Latin literary tradition.
This poetry presents an idealized rather than realistic view of rustic life. It’s about the pleasures and simplicity of the country, not the everyday realities of life outside the city and court.
The pastoral mode is used to address specific topics: love and seduction the value of poetry death and mourning (the elegy or eulogy) the corruption of the city and/or court vs. the purity of country life a satire of politics
Between two shepherds (called an eclogue). may discuss: the shepherds’ flocks current events a lady the death of a friend or debate which shepherd is the better poet
Between a shepherd and the shepherdess he loves generally an attempt to seduce her may contain the shepherdess’s response, but it doesn’t have to
A single shepherd may also speak in a monologue This monologue may: praise an individual mourn a death court a lady or complain about being lovesick
Definition: A collection of sonnets in the pastoral mode. These are typically Spenserian sonnets but there are some variations They fit in with a tradition of poetry in which the poet dissects the nature of love and seeks to represent it in all its pain and glory
each sonnet has three quatrains (a group of four lines) and a couplet (a rhymed pair of lines) written in rhymed iambic pentameter A typical Spenserian sonnet will rhyme: abab bcbc cdcd ee. “Astrophil and Stella” uses several different acceptable rhyme schemes