8. Pastures New and Old: The Romantic Afterlife of Pastoral Elegy

  1. Charles Mahoney Associate Professor of English
  1. Christopher R. Miller

Published Online: 3 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch8

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

How to Cite

Miller, C. R. (2010) Pastures New and Old: The Romantic Afterlife of Pastoral Elegy, in A Companion to Romantic Poetry (ed C. Mahoney), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch8

Editor Information

  1. University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. City University of New York, United Kingdom

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 26 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135542

Online ISBN: 9781444390650

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Keywords:

  • pastures new and old - Romantic afterlife of pastoral elegy;
  • elegy, a “form of poetry natural to the reflective mind - reference to the poet himself”;
  • influence of “Lycidas” on Romantic elegy - lyric poetry in general;
  • Milton, characteristic features of this classical genre - and the idyllic green space of pastoral;
  • Milton's Christian imagination, Lycidas - the dead shepherd, resurrected into eternal light of Heaven;
  • Coleridge, defining elegy - his friend and collaborator Wordsworth who best exemplifies the Romantic poetry of mourning;
  • elegy, moving from grief toward consolation - Wordsworth's sonnet inverting the order;
  • John Keats, fantasizing about magical remedies - to such brokenness;
  • “Ode to a Nightingale,” Keats contemplating his own death - in the face of the bird's continuous and deathless song;
  • “Adonais” and Shelley, calling the poem “a highly wrought piece of art

Summary

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  • References and Further Reading