Pastoral poetry in brief


  • Pastoral poetry is a very ancient genre of poetry.
  • It deals with the loves and lives of shepherds and shepherdesses, and other such country folk. They live far from towns, and spend their lives singing, sometimes mourning the loss of a sheep or a fellow shepherd or a love affair that has gone wrong.
  • The countryside is idealized, since writers of the genre are usually city people.
  • It is simple and the poetic expression uses a set of conventions that has varied little over the centuries.
  • Sometimes, it is used symbolically. Often the shepherd is a poet; his songs become his poetry.
  • A typical theme is the corruption of city life, and, through this theme, political statements are sometimes made.
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