Pastoral Poems: Definition & Examples


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Pastoral poetry elevated _____:

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1. In the poem 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,' Sir Christopher Marlowe took on the voice of a shepherd and promised his love _____:

2. In 'A Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd,' Sir Walter Raleigh refutes the idea of pastoral life by saying _____:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Pastoral poetry was a popular mode of 17th century verse that idealized the pastoral life. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of this literary trend and its key authors.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • What pastoral poetry represented
  • Major pastoral poets
  • The content of major pastoral poems

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about pastoral poetry
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about pastoral poets
  • Making connections - correlate events and themes in pastoral poems with what they metaphorically represented
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, such as what pastoral poetry is

Additional Learning

To learn more about pastoral poetry, review the accompanying lesson called Pastoral Poems: Definition, Examples & Quiz. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Details the trends and ideals of pastoral poetry
  • Covers major pastoral works and their authors
  • Explores the cultural idealization of the pastoral lifestyle