>I "hear" pastoral in your posts. Is the pastoral romantic? Is the
>pastoral? Can a pastoral poem be rendered non-romantically?
I am not an expert on pastoral or romantic poetry, but I would say that
while Romantic and pastoral are not the same, they can be very similar.
Both forms often see the past as a better time than the present (Milton, for
sure, and most of the Romantics).
>I am not sure that any Modernist is pastoral. "Cousin Nancy" does ride
>over the hills but
>she breaks them. Modernists seem pretty urban to me. Can a poet write
>non-romantic poetry lyrically?
I wouldn't say TSE is pastoral. The characters and events in his works are
not as transparent as, say, The Rape of the Lock or The Importance of Being
Earnest. I really do not know Modernism well enough to comment on it. I
agree that most Modernists are definitely urban figures. I think you can
write non-Romantic poetry literally (There's a lyric poem Ode:Better to
Live, Licinius, that is in praise of good sense over overflowing emotion. I
can't remember who wrote it.)
Sorry if it sounds like I have no idea what I'm talking about. These are
uncharted waters for me and I'm just holding on the best I can.
University of Chicago
Evanescence...what a sad word
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