Oaten Reeds and Trumpets: Pastoral and Epic in Virgil, Spenser, and Milton

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Thorough study of the essential interdependence of the pastoral and epic genres. Proceeds historically from Virgil tracing the evolution of the heroic toward the increasing accommodation of the pastoral. Establishes principles for interpreting the works of major poets who set out to resolve the tensions between imagination and reality, contemplation and action, poetry and prophecy.
 

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Virgil
17
The Eclogues
20
The Georgics
35
The Aeneid
43
Spenser and the Pastoral
55
The Shepheardes Calender
59
The Faerie Queene
89
Miltons Pastoral Poetry
134
Milton and the Epic Tradition
186
Miltonic Variations on the Pastoral
191
Perspectives and Pastoral Modes
209
Creation as Pastoral
220
Paradise Lost II
228
Judgment and the Georgic
244
History and the Return of the Epic
249
The ShepherdHero
260

On the Morning of Christs Nativity
135
LAllegro and II Penseroso
146
Arcades
154
A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle
158
Lycidas
173
Paradise Lost I
185
The Transformation of the Pastoral
264
Notes
269
List of Works Cited
276
Index
282
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