Pastoral Verse explained!

Pastoral verse was developed in England in the Elizabethan period. It originates from the Latin word ‘Pastor’ meaning shepherd.  Pastoral verse relates to the lives of Shepherds/ Shepherdesses, Herders, the countryside and country life. It describes the country with implicit and explicit contrast to the urban. They are often simple, serene and idyllic (rather than the realistic). It places the complex life into a simple one. They can exist in different forms such as pastoral verse, play, novel or drama. It is important because it springs from and expresses attitude to change. A sub-genre is the pastoral elegy, which laments a death or a loss.

I hope this helps to explain pastoral verse. If you have any questions please feel free to comment below and I will answer them for you!


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