BF. William Empson


5. Some Versions of Pastoral. London: Chatto and Windus, 1935. Reprint, London: Hogarth, 1986.

Empson’s great work on the pastoral tradition was mainly written during his years in Tokyo, and so, after Blunden’s Undertones of War (BD19), was the second seminal work of twentieth-century English literature written in the city within a decade, though like Blunden’s work Some Versions is essentially unrelated to its place of composition. Several American editions appeared under the title English Pastoral Poetry. See also 31.






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