There is an idyllic beauty about the first chapters of the book, but "Growth of the Soil" is not primarily an idyl.
Then the death of Morny seems to turn the idyl into a tragedy, but only for a moment.
Their achievements, narrated in the twenty-second idyl, may be compared with those of Tristram and Lancelot.
The beauty of his poem, its idyl, came to him like a caress; that alone had been lacking.
The descriptive name for all these tales, except the last, is idyl.
After the stormy days we had just gone through, this morning passed like an idyl.
In the proem to this idyl I seem to see two shadowy figures passing up and down over a lonesome land.
The solution of this problem is properly what ought to be given us by the theory of the idyl.
It is evidently suggested by the fifth idyl of Theocritus, and is a fair specimen of a very uncommon class in English.
Only singing-birds were lacking to complete the idyl of spring.
also idyl, c.1600, "picturesque pastoral poem," from Latin idyllium, from Greek eidyllion "short, descriptive poem, usually of rustic or pastoral type," literally "a little picture," diminutive of eidos "form" (see -oid).