The detail, delicacy and richness of Dorothy Wordsworth’s descriptions of nature are worthy of Thoreau (whose journal I am now reading and will review in time for the 200th anniversary of his birth).

‘There the bright moss was bare at the roots of the trees, and the little birds were upon it. The whole appearance of the wood was enchanting; and each tree, taken singly, was beautiful.  The branches of the hollies pendent with their white burden, but still showing their bright red berries, and their glossy green leaves.  The bare branches of the oaks thickened by the snow.’  17 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. 146

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