[Milton-L] Vallombrosa (Milton-L Digest, Vol 75, Issue 17)

John K Leonard jleonard at uwo.ca
Wed Feb 20 20:29:19 EST 2013


Dear Evan,
 
Please forward the photos to the list! I think I can safely say that they will become the screensavers on quite a few Miltonists' pcs.
 
All best wishes,
 
John 
 
On 02/20/13, Evan LaBuzetta <evanlabuzetta at cantab.net> wrote: 
>     Dear Mario, all,
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> I can actually answer this with some certainty - in March of 2008 I visited a cousin who lives near Vallombrosa, and made a point of driving up to see the actual monastery site. I've just looked back at some pictures from that day.
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>    Most of the trees in the area were evergreens, but there were definitely some deciduous ones as well; they were very apparent in March. If interested, get in touch directly and I can forward photos of leafless trees and even a leaf-strown brook (taken with those lines in mind).
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> All the best,
> Evan
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> > Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:12:53 -0500
> > From: "Mario A. DiCesare" <dicesare1 at mindspring.com>
> > To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> > Subject: [Milton-L] Vallombrosa
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> > Dear Friends,
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> > 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?
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> > Mario DiCesare
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