Pastoral drama

  • Pastoral drama

    Posted by Encyclios on May 3, 2023 at 1:10 PM

    A theatrical genre created in the last decades of the fifteenth century that refers to the idyll, the bucolic and the egloga, transforming the dialogue into a real dramatic structure. It was, however, conditioned by the courts, which demanded from the poet a refined theater, full of pomp and grace. The pastoral drama, therefore, had to combine the tragic and the comic, with a happy ending of austerity, so as not to disturb the serenity of the festive day in which this genre was usually performed.

    From the pastoral fable, the theater took the same characters: nymphs, satyrs, shepherds, hunters. The first example of this genre is the fable of Orpheus by Poliziano, performed in 1480. Until the middle of the seventeenth century, the genre continues to have fortune and among the most important works to remember are the Tirsi of Baldassarre Castiglione (1506), the Egle of G. B. Giraldi Cinzio (1545), the Aminta of T. Tasso (1573). Tasso (1573), while the Endymion of A. Guidi (1692) marks the end of a formula now devoid of interest, which had also died out in Spain and England, where it had found the best devotees, especially in Garcilaso de la Vega, Juan del Encina and E. Spenser. Spenser the best followers.

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