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|Driven wild by Cowper
Written by Barbara
(9/18/2006 8:41 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Another wonderful gem of a passage in CH 5..., penned by Reeba
I always get a laugh at Marianne's pronouncement about Cowper's "beautiful lines which have frequently almost driven me wild" and her astonishment about Edward: "Nay, mama, if he is not to be animated by Cowper! "
I have a little book here of Everyman's Poetry: William Cowper. I'm afraid Marianne would find me quite as deficient as Edward, because I cannot picture being driven wild by any of his poetry.
Michael Bruce, in the intro. to this book writes: "one wonders if Jane Austen was not scoring a cheap shot at her heroine's tender, if rhapsodic, sensibilities" when she had Marianne make statements like that and like the passage you quote.
I haven't found a particular poem that this references directly, however addressing the trees in this manner is certainly something Cowper does, so it does sound like an imitation of him
This is from his poem 'Yardley Oak'
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