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  • n. Plural form of idyll.


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  • People have been giving the finger to the farm life since the first recorded scribbles of human history, and writing agrarian idylls from a nostalgic distance.

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  • With books like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Life on the Mississippi, Twain explored many of the seemingly carefree idylls of the typical American boy's life.

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  • A nod to Robert Frost's paean to youthful innocence Nothing Gold Can Stay, Stay Gold bristles with naive optimism – all shimmering guitars and declamatory idylls.

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  • The pictorial models were the landscapes of Salvator Rosa, nicknamed "Savage Rosa" by the poet James Thomson; the "majestic" scenes of Poussin and the idylls of Claude.

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  • Advances in industry produced the train line that transported many of the artists from London as well as an industrial nouveau riche willing to splash out on images of pre-industrial idylls.

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  • Iceland's political landscape was closer to a Third World setting than the Nordic idylls.

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  • Entranced by the extraordinary, fragile life cycle of the large blue butterfly or by the "long wounded squawk" of cricketer Dominic Cork, two writers retraced idylls of childhood.

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  • Some writers, like the Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata 1899-1972, responded by staging novelistic retreats into rural idylls that seem set outside the realm of time and history.

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  • He devoted himself to joyful subjects -- frolicking bathers, domestic idylls, the drama of classical mythology, and the brilliance of Mediterranean landscape and sea.

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  • In France we usually and sensibly went to the seaside, staying in little rented houses, and while the ferry journey was an epic of vomiting and distress, these trips to Brittany or Normandy were genuine idylls – sunshine, child-friendly food, just enough sightseeing and small museums to be tolerable, regular intakes of ice-cream.

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