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  1. ryu-zen

    ryu-zen New Member

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    Idyllic or short story?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by ryu-zen, Jul 28, 2010.

    What is the difference between an idyllic and a short story?

    Also, would a setting or location, in a particular part of the story, express it as an idyllic?

    I know of one idyllic I have read that was Dostoevsky's "White Nights." Could you name some examples for my to go by?

    I want to form my project into an idyllic, more so than a short story.
     
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    Lemex That's Lord Lemex to you. Contributor

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    A 'idyll' is a narrative poem; a short story is just what it says it is. There is a massive difference between the two.

    Here are a few examples:

    Alfred, Lord Tennyson - Idylls of the King
    William Wordsworth - The Solitary Reaper
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Hermann and Dorothea
    John Greenleaf Whittier - Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyl
     
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    'idyll' (from Greek eidyllion , little picture) is a short, pastoral poem or a prose piece depicting a rural or pastoral scene...

    'idyllic' is an adjective, not a noun, that means 'charmingly simple, or rustic' and 'pertaining to an idyll'...

    so, to call a piece of writing 'an idyllic' makes no sense really...
     
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    OK, my piece is somewhat similar to an idyll. Except, it is set in a different country and the beach. I would love to consider this project as one, but if I have to it will be a short story instead. Either way, I will have fun completing the project.
     

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