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Written by Jan
(10/1/2006 6:56 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Focus: Romantic Movement; 'Pleasure Grounds' & Picturesque., penned by Mandy N
I've read those passages again and you are right - he knows all the picturesque language and how to apply them but he chooses to use more straightforward terms in his descriptions. Thanks for that enlightenment because I have always taken his word before that he doesn't understand it but he clearly does!
So it isn't his 'ignorance' of the picturesque that might 'offend' Marianne but his 'want of taste' in not effusing over 'grey moss and brushwood' etc.
I think you are right, he admires landscapes of agricultural prosperity.
I expect you have seen the following but others who are enjoying your focus (as I am)might be interested in the following quote from Gilpin on the landscape between Plymouth and Exeter.
"The whole of it from Plymouth is but an uninteresting scene. Its very appearance on a map, shews, in some degree, its unpicturesque form. It is intersected with several rivers, which run in vallies between opposite hills. These hills we were continually ascending or descending. When we had mounted one hill, we were presented with the side of another; so that all distance was shut out, and all variety of country intercepted. A pleasant glade here and there, at the dip of a hill, we sometimes had; but this did not compensate for that tiresome sameness of ascent and descent which runs through the country."
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