[Milton-L] Land skipping

Tony Demarest tonydemarest at hotmail.com
Fri Aug 19 15:32:29 EDT 2016

A fine book, What is Landscape" by John R. Stilgoe provides an exhaustive look at the word, its origin, and its meaning, and more; Simon Armitage's "Walking Home" provides a poet's-
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This is the title of a new study by Anna Pavord of British landscapes. She uses the old form of the word, noting its use by JM:

"The word “landskip,” no longer in general use, survives as a British regionalism (and is allowed in Scrabble). It first appeared as “landschap,” a Dutch import, with colloquial English shaping “schap” to “skip.” John Milton used it in “L’Allegro” in 1645: “Straight mine eye hath caught new pleasures / Whilst the landskip round it measures. . . .”


I hope my phone copied the whole title. If not, my apologies if I must send you to the NYT site.

Stay cool and dry!

Nancy Charlton

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