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Thoreau and the Language of Trees$
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Richard Higgins and Robert D. Richardson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294042

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294042.001.0001

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Against the Sky a Tree has Parts

Against the Sky a Tree has Parts

(p.16) Against the Sky a Tree has Parts
Thoreau and the Language of Trees

Richard Higgins

Richard Higgins

University of California Press

The sun is half an hour high, perhaps. Standing near the outlet of the pond, I look up and down the river with delight, it is so warm and the air is, notwithstanding, so clear. When I invert my head and look at the woods half a mile down the stream, they suddenly sink lower in the horizon and are removed full two miles off; yet the air is so clear that I seem to see every stem and twig with beautiful distinctness. The fine tops of the trees are so relieved against the sky that I never cease to admire the minute subdivisions. It is the same when I look up the stream. A bare hickory under Lee’s cliff, seen against the sky, becomes an interesting, even beautiful object to behold. I think where I have been staying all these days. I will surely come here again....

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