[Milton-L] Vallombrosa

Mario A. DiCesare dicesare1 at mindspring.com
Wed Feb 20 11:12:53 EST 2013

Dear Friends,

I came across an odd notation recently declaring that Milton 
misrepresented Vallombrosa in the famous line from PL I, "Thick as 
autumnal leaves that strow the brooks / Of Vallombrosa." The writer 
claimed that the line proves Milton was never at Vallombrosa; there are 
only evergreens at present day Vallombrosa.  But as our local arborist 
pointed out to me when I quoted the line, evergreens will gradually 
displace deciduous trees and even take over a forest.  I don't recall 
how dominant evergreens were when the great international Milton bash 
took place in the late 1980s, bringing Miltonists from all over to 
Vallombrosa and Florence. Had the evergreens completely displaced the 
deciduous trees on those mountains?

Mario DiCesare

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