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Pastoral Poem

Pastoral Poem (Latin ‘pastor’ = shepherd)

A poetic picture of an imaginary country life full of happy people and idyllic events.

Variations include:

Eclogue – a poem about rural life

Idyll – a short pastoral poem in any form

Elegy – a lyric lamentation of death

Amoebaean poetry – verses spoke alternately by two speakers

Pastourelle – short narrative poem of the Middle Ages relating random encounters of a knight and a shepherdess