Elements of the Pastoral

ELEMENTS OF THE PASTORAL

Remember it, Test it!

Remember it, Test it!

This section is all about helping you memorize crucial information whilst you revise/study. Remember it, Test it!

Remember It!

  • Rural– the pastoral setting is always the countryside or in nature, often in farmland, in a farming community or in woodland and sometimes in contrast to an urban setting.
  • Paradise– the version of rural life portrayed is usually idealised and perfect.
  • Innocence– everyone is seen as natural, pure and innocent, even sexuality is seen as natural and beautiful.
  • Rustic– the pastoral looks to a simple and traditional way of life in opposition to any mechanisation or industry.
  • Nature- people are close to nature, even connected with it in pastoral writing, it plays a very important role in setting and actively in the lives of characters.

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Test It!

  1. How does Wordsworth’s Romantic language in ‘Tintern Abbey’ link with the pastoral?
  2. Choose one text you have studied that subverts the traditional conventions of the pastoral genre and write about three examples from the text where it does this.
  3. How do any of the texts you have studied express a fear of industrialisation or the city?
  4. William Blake was known as a city poet, how do you think this affected his pastoral poetry set in the countryside? You could include references to his poetry about London, for example ‘Jerusalem’.

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