Friday, November 6, 2009

Essay: "Of Gardens." Francis Bacon.

One-minute review: “God almighty first planted a garden… the purest of human pleasures… the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man….. There ought to be gardens for all the months of the year.”

“For fountains, they are a great beauty and refreshment, but pools mar all, and make the garden unwholesome and full of flies and frogs.”

Great Essays. Ed. Houston Peterson. New York: Washington Square Press, Inc. 1960.

What is an essay? “They are all prefaces. A preface is nothing but a talk with the reader; and they [essays] do nothing else.” Charles Lamb.

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