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The programme gives some examples of Popes' Pastorals, explains their context, and mentions some of the criticisms of the pastoral convention, made by later critics such as Ruskin (the pathetic fal...lacy) and by 18th century poets (e.g. Stephen Duck and George Crabbe). Some examples of the work of Stephen Duck, the Thresher Poet, follow, he describes what it is like to be a real country labourer, in the period just after Pope wrote his idealised pastorals.
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Module code and title: A101, An arts foundation course
Item code: A101; 21
Recording date: 1977-06-09: 1977-06-14
First transmission date: 18-07-1978
Published: 1978
Rights Statement: Rights owned or controlled by The Open University
Restrictions on use: This material can be used in accordance with The Open University conditions of use. A link to the conditions can be found at the bottom of all OUDA web pages.
Duration: 00:18:09
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Producer: Helen Rapp
Contributors: Alasdair Clayre; Frances Horowitz; Geoffrey Matthews
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Pastoral Convention
Master spool number: BLN23950H010
Production number: BLN23950H010
Available to public: no