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War Pastorals

Edna Longley

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0025

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

War Pastorals

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This chapter introduces war pastorals, poems that are concerned with the natural world, and examines several war pastorals where intertextual awareness or self-awareness usually goes deep. It tries to differentiate the widely perspectival bias of ‘eclogue’ from the generally situational bias of ‘georgic’, and also stresses that not all pastoral poetry is anti-war, and that not all war poetry is anti-pastoral.

Keywords: war pastoral; intertextual awareness; self-awareness; eclogue; georgic; pastoral poetry

Article.  10254 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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