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Pastoral (The New Critical Idiom) Paperback – 5 Aug 1999
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"It is time to evaluate the works of literature and the environment using Gifford's powerful terms."
-Christopher Kuipers," ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment
"The book is suggestive and the product of a reflective intelligence... [recommended] for comprehensive academic collections."
-"Choice, April 2000
About the Author
Terry Gifford is Research Co-ordinator at the School of English, Bretton Hall College of Leeds University. He is author of Green Voices: Understanding Contemporary Nature Poetry.
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He does try to draw out some of the qualities of pastoral: its artifice, the movement of retreat and return, the contrast between country and city but the readings feel a little superficial. Where, for example, is the discussion of the coded politics of pastoral which we find in Sidney’s Arcadia?
Good as a basic introduction to the genre, but this won’t get you very far.
I love the trees, I love the wind,
As it howls demonically about my person,
Halt! Stop! Admire the stream as it twists and turns,
The pebbles lead a merry dance under its cool cool comforting conformity,
For they are not pebbles,
See that line about cool conformity and that? That is ALLITERATION! And that last bit? That's my nod to EE Cummings. See all these years later I still remember some stuff from when I was quite a bit youngerer.
As for Terry's poetry, I prefer the works of deeper more emotional poets like Pam Ayres and Geri Haliwell hence the one star. But I do have to take my hat off to him for inventing such an obscure cliquey niche such as 'nature climbing poetry'. I'm thinking of combining my love of daytime telly and poetry..I can feel an ode to Loose Women coming on as I type this...