When I read this description of the sea I thought immediately of the photo you see featured here, which I found a few months ago.  I also like the inclusiveness of Dorothy’s descriptions – the vast majesty of the sea alongside the friendly green of the humble turnip.

‘The sea, like a basin full to the margin; the fresh-ploughed field dark; the turnips of a lively rough green.’  24 February 1798

See the quote-mosaic review of this enchanting journal by a vibrant, life-loving woman.


Source: Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals, ed. and introduction by Pamela Woof (Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics, 2008 (2002)), p. 147

Photo credit: Tim Marshall at unsplash.com


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