26 Facts About Pastoral


Pastoral lifestyle is that of shepherds herding livestock around open areas of land according to seasons and the changing availability of water and pasture.

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Pastoral is a mode of literature in which the author employs various techniques to place the complex life into a simple one.

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Pastoral poems are set in beautiful rural landscapes, the literary term for which is "locus amoenus", such as Arcadia, a rural region of Greece, mythological home of the god Pan, which was portrayed as a sort of Eden by the poets.

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Pastoral literature continued after Hesiod with the poetry of the Hellenistic Greek Theocritus, several of whose Idylls are set in the countryside and involve dialogues between herdsmen.

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Pastoral was the first to set his poems in Arcadia, an idealized location to which much later pastoral literature will refer.

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Pastoral is too consumed in his career as a usurer to leave it behind for the country.

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Pastoral elegy is a subgenre that uses pastoral elements to lament a death or loss.

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Pastoral strove to write in this fashion to conform to what he thought was the original intent of Pastoral literature.

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Pastoral nevertheless survived as a mood rather than a genre, as can be seen from such works as Matthew Arnold's Thyrsis, a lament on the death of his fellow poet Arthur Hugh Clough.

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Pastoral gives much focus to the fruit bearing trees and Adam and Eve's care of them, sculpting an image of pastoral harmony.

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Pastoral's is the only character throughout the play who embraces and appreciates both the real and idealized life and manages to make the two ideas coexist.

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Pastoral genre was a significant influence in the development of opera.

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Beethoven wrote his famous Pastoral Symphony, avoiding his usual musical dynamism in favour of relatively slow rhythms.

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Pastoral letter, often called simply a pastoral, is an open letter addressed by a bishop to the clergy or laity of a diocese or to both, containing general admonition, instruction or consolation, or directions for behavior in particular circumstances.

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Pastoral epistles are a group of three books of the canonical New Testament: the First Epistle to Timothy the Second Epistle to Timothy, and the Epistle to Titus.

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Pastoral did not see the form as merely a recording of a prior rustic way of life but a guise for political discourse, which other forms had previously neglected.

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The Pastoral, he writes, has a didactic duty to “contain and enforme morall discipline for the amendment of mans behaviour”.

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Sir William Empson spoke of the ideal of Pastoral as being embedded in varying degrees of ambivalence, and yet, for all the apparent dichotomies, and contradicting elements found within it, he felt there was a unified harmony within it.

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Pastoral refers to the pastoral process as 'putting the complex into the simple.

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Pastoral then discusses how the city's relationship with the country affected the economic and social aspects of the countryside.

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Pastoral concedes though that such a categorization is open to much misinterpretation.

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Pastoral's first condition of pastoral poetry is that it is an urban product.

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Pastoral's poem, Build Soil is a critique of war and a suggestion that pastoral, as a literary mode, should not place emphasis on social and political issues, but should rather, as Patterson says, "turn in upon itself, and replace reformist instincts with personal growth and regeneration".

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Pastoral can include the urban, the court, and the social like in L'Allegro.

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Pastoral says there are pastoral novels of the country life, of the longing for the simple, and with nature as the protagonist.

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Pastoral explains that even though there is a general lack of lavish description in Renaissance Pastoral, this is because they were beginning to use gestural strategies, and artists begin to develop an environmental consciousness as nature around them becomes endangered.

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