New York: New Directions, 1960); Thomas Crow, "The Simple Life: Pastoralism and the Persistence of Genre in Recent Art," October 63 (Winter 1993): 41-67; David Halperin, Before Pastoral: Theocritus and the Ancient Tradition of Bucolic Poetry
(New Haven: Yale Univ.
While the fictive idyllic landscapes envisioned in so many backgrounds were undoubtedly rooted in bucolic poetry
, whether by such ancients as Virgil or such moderns as Sannazaro, the yearning for contact with land is palpable in this city balancing on stilts in the middle of a lagoon.
In Before Pastoral: Theocritus and the Ancient Tradition of Bucolic Poetry
, David Halperin writes that "because pastoral, despite its tendency to invade the province of other well-established literary categories, had traditionally been assigned a discrete place in the literary taxonomies of the past, its status has been left in considerable uncertainty by the current flux of critical theory" (30).
Is bucolic poetry
not always and ever an invitation to join the favourite dance of Hellenistic poetics, a myth of origins for our poetry, sought in utopic songs of innocence where [GREEK WORD NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and [GREEK WORD NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], oues and carmen recover a fusion in culture at one with nature (`sacrifice, Muse; sheep, song'(24))?
Daphnis Legendary hero of the shepherds of Sicily and the reputed inventor of bucolic poetry