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By Mark Payne

The bucolic Idylls of Theocritus are the 1st literature to invent an absolutely fictional global that's not a picture of fact yet a substitute for it. it truly is thereby individual from the opposite Idylls and from Hellenistic poetry as an entire. This publication examines those poems within the gentle of historical and sleek conceptions of fictionality. It explores how entry to this fictional global is mediated via shape and the way this international seems as an item of wish for the characters inside it. The argument culminates in a clean interpreting of Idyll 7, the place Professor Payne discusses the come across among writer and fictional construction within the poem and its significance for the later pastoral culture. shut readings of Theocritus, Callimachus, Hermesianax and the Lament for Bion are supplemented with parallels from smooth modern fiction and a longer dialogue of the heteronymic poetry of Fernando Pessoa.

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