The English Garden: Meditation and Memorial


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More so than other Europeans, the English have turned to their gardens or wooded "wildernesses" for contemplative consolation. To explore the meditative aspect of English garden-making, David Coffin combines selected poetry, diary extracts, letters, and more formal writing from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries with charming illustrations and his own perceptive commentary. The English saw the impermanence of life in "weather-beaten heads" of flowers that "not seun dayes before had flourished in their full prime ...

The English Garden: Meditation and Memorial 1994, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691034324