2002
DOI: 10.3138/md.45.4.611
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Abstract: Pastoral poetry is said to have begun more than two millennia ago with Theocritus, the subdivision called the pastoral elegy born along with it in that poet's first Idyll, where Thyrsis laments the death of Daphnis. The representation of shepherds in a Golden Age, humble but empowered by song, was thus linked with death and mourning from the start. Other subjects and devices associated with pastoral, including the life of dignified ease known as otium, the singing match between shepherds, and the allegorical r… Show more

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