undergraduate thesis
Mythologizing and Demythologizing of Rural life in the Poetry of Gray, Goldsmith, and Crabbe

Valentina Novoselac (2016)
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Metadata
TitleMythologizing and Demythologizing of Rural life in the Poetry of Gray, Goldsmith, and Crabbe
AuthorValentina Novoselac
Mentor(s)Borislav Berić (thesis advisor)
Abstract
Rural life has been portrayed as idyllic for a long time in literature, while the reality of villagers’ life was concealed. The eighteenth century was a harsh period of time, especially for villages, due to the advancement in economy and industry, which made villagers’ life even harder. Thomas Gray, Oliver Goldsmith, and George Crabbe refused to create illusions about rural life in their poetry, so they described rural life as it was. Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” is a well-known poem that sheds light on lives of the poor villagers and describes the hardships of their everyday work, breaking the illusions previously set by the pastoral poetry, but keeping beautiful descriptions of rural nature. Oliver Goldsmith’s “The Deserted Village” brings sadness into the speaker’s realization upon returning to his idyllic childhood village that it is now in ruins and abandoned, blaming luxury and greed of the rich people for creating such atrocity. Lastly, George Crabbe brings the harsh truth in its purest form in his poem “The Village”, describing the abject poverty and life full of suffering and sickness the poor people lived in, mentioning not a single positive feature about the so-called peaceful rural life. These poems bring another perspective to the usual pastoral one, creating a realistic picture of what rural life genuinely is.
Parallel title (Croatian)Mitologija i njen nestanak u ruralnim pjesmama Graya, Goldsmitha i Crabbea
GranterJosip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
PlaceOsijek
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Theory and History of Literature
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmePhilosophy (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. phil.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2016-09-23
Parallel keywords (Croatian)rural life Thomas Gray Oliver Goldsmith George Crabbe demythologizing
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:142:034012
CommitterBernardica Plašćak