A perfect description of those thick cords of ivy rope that wrap themselves around trees, eventually suffocating them.

‘The ivy twisting round the oaks like bristled serpents.’  22nd January 1798

Source: Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals, ed. and introduction by Pamela Woof (Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics, 2008 (2002)), p. 141

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