A short poem, especially a pastoral dialogue.
- English pastoral was inaugurated by Spenser's verse eclogues in The Shepheardes Calendar and further developed in The Arcadia, a prose romance by Sidney.
- On Monday the English professor taught ‘Lycidas’ and discussed pastoral elegy, Moschus, and why ‘pastures new’ enrolled Milton in Virgil's trajectory of eclogue, georgic, and epic, the classic career shape of the major poet.
- The pastoral eclogue in its simplest form is a dialogue between shepherds about love and death, which they engage in while tending their flocks in a rustic setting.
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek eklogē 'selection', from eklegein 'pick out'.
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