[Milton-L] Vallombrosa

JCarl Bellinger dionhalic at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 14:27:13 EST 2013


Hi Mario,
   Eastern White Pine seems more or less dominant here in the last lower
reaches of the Merrimack but in the Autumn the outgoing tide is strewn with
leaves from more or less *all* of southern New Hampshire!
   Would Florentine paintings from the period shed any leaves on your
question I wonder?
  -Carl
On Feb 20, 2013 11:13 AM, "Mario A. DiCesare" <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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