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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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Transformed by Snow

Transformed by Snow

(p.164) (p.165) 9 Transformed by Snow
Thoreau and the Language of Trees

Richard Higgins

Richard Higgins

University of California Press

Thoreau loved trees in all seasons but had a special fondness for trees transformed by snow. Winter made the familiar trees he saw all year look new. After a winter storm, Thoreau went to see them as excited as a child on Christmas morning. He saw surreal and poetic forms in trees covered in snow. They were statues draped in white in a gigantic sculptor’s studio. Trees glistening with ice or clad in a coat of white quickened his pulse and stirred his pen. They stirred some of his best writing about trees.

Keywords:   seasons, transformed, snow, winter, new, storm, leafless branches, excited, surreal, poetic, forms, covered, draped, white, glistening, ice, clad, coat of white

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