Today’s Word “idyll”

idyll EYE-dl (noun) – 1 : A simple descriptive work, either in poetry or prose, dealing with simple, rustic life; pastoral scenes; and the like. 2 : A narrative poem treating an epic, romantic, or tragic theme. 3 : A lighthearted carefree episode or experience. 4 : A romantic interlude.

“For the sake of our idyll I did not take her remark as referring to the missing Stiller, but to the still unmentioned gentlemen in Paris, of whom I was less jealous than of her Stiller, funnily enough.” — Max Frisch, ‘I’m Not Stiller’

Idyll ultimately derives from Greek eidullion, “a short descriptive poem (usually on pastoral subjects); an idyll,” from eidos, “that which is seen; form; shape; figure.” The adjective form is idyllic.


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