Synopses & Reviews
Gardens have been all things to all people: paradoxical sites of pleasure and pain, safety and danger, art and nature; public spaces and private retreats, places of physical labor and metaphysical reflection. This diversity and versatility have always attracted poets, whose repertory of garden themes on paper matches what gardeners themselves have achieved on the ground.
Now, in The Oxford Book of Garden Verse, the best of this poetic tradition has been gathered. From enclosed gardens and landscape parks to Victorian flower gardens and modern patios, successive historical periods of gardening are mirrored in verse from the Middle Ages to the present day. Here is a variety of poetic expression: the metaphorical associations gardens inspire, and the detailed descriptions, both romantic and robust. And in The Oxford Book of Garden Verse, the gardener is celebrated as much as the creation, as are the mundane tasks of weeding, making compost, mowing lawns, and tending the grounds. Particularly fertile in modern examples, this delightful collection offers a wealth of literary talent to match the most abundant of gardens.
About the Author
About the Author -
John Dixon Hunt is academic advisor to the Oak Spring Garden Library in Upperville, Virginia, and is former Director of Studies in Landscape Architecture at Dumbarton Oaks. He is the editor of the Journal of Garden History.