The Poetical Works Of Alexander Pope (volume 1)

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byAlexander Pope

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1891. Excerpt: ... PASTORALS, WITH A DISCOURSE ON PASTORAL. WRITTEN IN THE YEAH 1704. "Rura mihi et rigui placeant in vallibus amnes Flumina amem, sylvasque, inglorius !"--Virg. A DISCOURSE ON PASTORAL POETRY.1 j HERE are not, I believe, a greater number of any sort of verses tban of those which are called Pastorals; nor a smaller, than of those which are truly so. It therefore seems necessary to give some account of this kind of poem, and it is my design to comprise in this short paper the substance of those numerous dissertations the critics have made on the subject, without omitting any of their rules in my own favour. You will also find some points reconciled, about which they seem to differ, and a few remarks, which, I think, have escaped their observation. The original of poetry is ascribed to that age which succeeded the creation of the world: and" as the keeping of flocks seems to have been the first employment of mankind, the most ancient, sort of poetry was probably pastoral? It is natural to imagine, that the leisure of those ancient shepherds admitting and inviting some diversion, none was so proper to that solitary and sedentary life as singing; and that in their 1 Written at sixteen years of age.--P. a Fontenelle's Disc, on Pastorals.--P. songs they took occasion to celebrate their own felicity. From hence a poem was invented, and afterwards improved to a perfect image of that happy time; which, by giving us an esteem for the virtues of a former age, might recommend them to the present. And since the life of shepherds was attended with more tranquillity than any other rural employment, the poets chose to introduce their persons, from whom it received the name of Pastoral. A Pastoral is an imitation of the action of a shepherd, or one considered under that character. The form of this imit...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1891. Excerpt: ... PASTORALS, WITH A DISCOURSE ON PASTORAL. WRITTEN IN THE YEAH 1704. "Rura mihi et rigui placeant in vallibus amnes Flumina amem, sylvasque, inglorius !"--V...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:86 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217604978

ISBN - 13:9780217604970

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