Anakana Schofield – Award Winning Author of Bina, Martin John and Malarky

Pastoral

This piece got me brain thumping. In relation to how the Pastoral might be played with …. and juggled or inverted.

Jonathan Raban in NYRB on Dorothea Lange

 

Pastoral, Empson wrote, was a “puzzling form” and a “queer business” in which highly educated and well-heeled poets from the city idealized the lives of the poorest people in the land. It implied “a beautiful relation between the rich and poor” by making “simple people express strong feelings…in learned and fashionable language.” From 1935 onward, no one would read Spenser’s The Shepheardes Calendar or follow Shakespeare’s complicated double plots without being aware of the class tensions and ambiguities between the cultivated author and his low-born subjects.

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