Pastoral Poetry- Time

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  • Created on: 03-06-15 16:47
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  • Theme of time in Pastoral Poetry
    • Deserted village- shows the passing of time to be destructive
      • 'Wealth accumulates, and men decay'
      • Change from 'healthy and plenty', because the land 'gave what life required'...
        • ...to 'her virtue fled' (affect of city life), and 'intolerable days' (affect of emigration)
      • Comparison of village in the past to present shows pastoral convention of nostalgia
        • Life was better for the rural people in the past
        • 'The Golden Age'
    • Elegy- suggests time progression cannot be stopped
      • 'the paths of glory lead but to the grave'
        • Progression towards death- life is irrelevant
      • 'can..flattery sooth the dull cold ear of death?'
        • Rhetorical- but it is clear the poet is suggesting nothing can orient death and the passage of time
    • Elegy- suggests rural people live by nature's time
      • 'breezy call of incense-breathing morn'
      • 'The cock's shrill clarion'
      • Indicates rural peoples closeness to nautre
        • Also, rural people are portrayed to be happier/morally superior- associates living by natures time with happiness
          • 'Jocund'
      • Also, rural people are portrayed to be happier/morally superior- associates living by natures time with happiness
        • 'Jocund'
    • Elegy- mourns the passing of time due to lost opporunity
      • 'short and simple annals of the poor'
      • The rural people could have been as brave as Hampden, poetic as Milton or as great a leader as Cromwell
    • Tintern Abbey- nature can help relieve the monotmony of tme
      • 'harmony' and 'joy' stored up from nature for the 'hours of weariness'

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