The farm we visited on our class trip was bucolic and lovely, with sheep, cows, and horses pleasantly wandering through the rolling, green fields. The rural and bucolic landscape that day filled my head with compelling images of calm, pretty farmland and shepherds’ tending their flocks. Poets often mention such bucolic settings to invoke the idea of a simple and satisfying life lived in the country.
Quiz: Which of the following lines of poetry describes a bucolic setting?
- “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; / Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”—Percy Bysshe Shelley
- “I love a sunburnt country, / A land of sweeping plains”—Dorothea Mackellar
- “The street light / At his corner / Shined just like a tear”—Langston Hughes