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Pastoral Poetry
Definition, Origin, Characteristics & Examples
Dr. Vipul V. Kapoor
(YouTube channel: Study Lovers by Dr. Vipul V. Kapoor
DEFINITION
Pastoral poetry is a types of poetry in which the
relationship between man and nature has been
glorified.
It shows us the importance of simple country
(village) life.
ORIGIN
• The ancient Greek poet Theocritus wrote pastoral poetry during the 3rd
century BC. He presented the rich and healthy life of the shepherds in
his poetry.
• His poetry was later imitated by the Roman poet Virgil during the 1st
century BC. Virgil’s poetry shows us a contrast between the urban life
and rural life.
• In English literature pastoral poetry gained popularity during the 16th
century in the hands of Edmund Spenser who wrote ‘Shepherd’s
Calender’ in 1579.
• Marlowe too wrote pastoral poetry during this Elizabethan age ‘’The
Passionate Shepherd to His Love’ (1599)
CHARACTERISTICS
•Contrast between the urban life and rural life.
•Nature is glorified.
•Life and manners of the shepherds are
presented.
•Natural scenes and elements of nature like the
fields, mountains, rivers, trees, flowers, the
beauty of the sky etc.
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Pastoral Poetry, Definition, Origin, Characteristics and Examples

  • 1. Pastoral Poetry Definition, Origin, Characteristics & Examples Dr. Vipul V. Kapoor (YouTube channel: Study Lovers by Dr. Vipul V. Kapoor
  • 2. DEFINITION Pastoral poetry is a types of poetry in which the relationship between man and nature has been glorified. It shows us the importance of simple country (village) life.
  • 3. ORIGIN • The ancient Greek poet Theocritus wrote pastoral poetry during the 3rd century BC. He presented the rich and healthy life of the shepherds in his poetry. • His poetry was later imitated by the Roman poet Virgil during the 1st century BC. Virgil’s poetry shows us a contrast between the urban life and rural life. • In English literature pastoral poetry gained popularity during the 16th century in the hands of Edmund Spenser who wrote ‘Shepherd’s Calender’ in 1579. • Marlowe too wrote pastoral poetry during this Elizabethan age ‘’The Passionate Shepherd to His Love’ (1599)
  • 4. CHARACTERISTICS •Contrast between the urban life and rural life. •Nature is glorified. •Life and manners of the shepherds are presented. •Natural scenes and elements of nature like the fields, mountains, rivers, trees, flowers, the beauty of the sky etc.