The Garden Guide

Book: The Principles of Landscape Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 1: Principles of Landscape Gardening

Picturesque poetic, or sentimental expression

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1491. As another example of picturesque, and poetic, or sentimental expression, imagine the cattle and sheep removed, the surface of the ground covered by smoothly mown turf, and the luxuriant branches of some of the foreground trees nearly reclining on the ground. The first expression would be that of beautiful or elegant picturesque; the next, that of stillness and consecration to man,-stillness, as being without animals or moving objects; and consecration to man, from the mown surface, greatly heightened by the circumstance of the branches of trees reclining on the ground, which never can happen where sheep or cattle are admitted, and which forms the leading visible distinction between a group of trees in a park, and a group on a mown lawn. It is not from the smoothness of the turf, or any particular mixture of light and shade in the reclining branches, that this expression is produced, but from reflecting on the cause of this appearance.