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Wordsworth's Gardensby Carole Buchanan
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Readers of the poems of William Wordsworth have likely encountered at least in some small way his love of the garden and gardening. And those whove visited the Great Britains Lake District know well that Wordsworth was master of more than one craft. Each year, thousands of visitors from throughout the world treat themselves to an enchanting taste of Wordsworthian England on the grounds of Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount. There they find themselves awed by the aesthetic of the poet who designed the functional and pleasure grounds of the Wordsworth family gardens. Whether youve ever had the fortune to stroll the very terraces on which Wordsworth paced out his lines for posterity, you can do so again and again in this elegant full-color photo study by Carol and Richard Buchanan. In all of Wordsworth scholarship, no one has so definitively connected the themes of Wordsworths poetry to his philosophy of gardening or has truly in one work demonstrated how nature in the raw and rocky Lake District became the soul and backbone of a poet and gardener who would not be enslaved by the tastes of his day. Counterposing poems of the garden and the letters and journals of Wordsworth and his eloquent sister Dorothy, Carol Buchanan, in her quiet and sensitive manner, manages to picture the whole Wordsworth: poet, gardener, and devoted and longsuffering family man. Illuminating Buchanans perspective on Wordsworths gardens, and on the Lake District that shaped Wordsworths sensibilities, are three never-before-published garden plans and more than one hundred breathtaking photographs by Richard Buchanan. The general layout and functional economy of the argument and explanations are very satisfying—like walking through a well ordered garden; and the authority of Buchanans discussions of the gardening work and thoughts of the Master is worn so unassumingly that no reader will be intimidated, yet scholarly readers will recognize the thoroughness of her study and be delighted at their own level.—Mark L. Reed
Book News Annotation:
Buchanan describes the philosophy and spirituality in which Wordsworth's landscaping and gardening plans were rooted. A brief history of landscape design and the concept of nature in the 18th century is followed by a careful description of the connections between his poetry and the many features of the gardens at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount. Illustrations include garden plans and abundant, although sometimes a bit dark or fuzzy, color photographs of structures, plants, and the natural landscape which inspired him. 11x9<">.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Readers of the poems of William Wordsworth have encountered his love of the garden and gardening. Each year, thousands visit the grounds of Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount to see the Wordsworth family gardens. You can enjoy their beauty again and again in this full-color photostudy by Carol and Richard Buchanan.<P>The text definitively connects the themes of Wordsworth's poetry to his philosophy of gardening, demonstrating how nature in the raw and rocky Lake District shaped the sensibilities of a poet and gardener who would not be enslaved by the tastes of his day.<P>Using poems, letters, and journals of Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, Carol Buchanan pictures Wordsworth as poet, gardener, and devoted family man. Illuminating the gardens and the Lake District are three never-before-published garden plans and more than a hundred breathtaking photographs by Richard Buchanan.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -217) and index.
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