[Milton-L] Vallombrosa

Mario A. DiCesare dicesare1 at mindspring.com
Wed Feb 20 12:50:11 EST 2013


Dear Sara,

Thanks for this invaluable memory. I fear I'm beginning to lose mine; 
there are too many things I just can't remember clearly anymore, 
alas....  Nonetheless, avanti giovinezza!

Mario

On 2/20/2013 12:41 PM, Sara van den Berg wrote:
> Dear Mario,
>
> At the Milton conference in Vallambrosa, several people commented that 
> the trees were evergreens.  So the organizers brought a forest 
> specialist who told us that in Milton's day the area would have been 
> forested with large oaks.  In the 18th century, the monks replanted 
> with evergreens.
>
> Sara van den Berg
>
> On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 5:12 PM, Mario A. DiCesare 
> <dicesare1 at mindspring.com <mailto:dicesare1 at mindspring.com>> wrote:
>
>     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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