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24 pages (2007/1881); 180KB downloadWOWIO Books
; ISBN: WOWIO-00125
An idyl (written also as idyll) is both a short pastoral poem, (e.g., the idyls of the Greek poet Theocritus), and any easily flowing description, either in poetry or prose, of simple, rustic life, of pastoral scenes, and the like. In this essay American naturalist and nature essayist John Burroughs calls up the secondary connotation of the term idyl as he describes his walks among the honeybees for observation and for honey-gathering. Amid birds, eagles, flowers, and other creatures and wild scenery, Burrows also draws comparisons of honeybee behavior to human conduct.