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The Language of Landscape,9780300082944

The Language of Landscape

Format: Trade Paper
Pub. Date: 5/11/2000
Publisher(s): Yale University Press
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This eloquent and powerful book combines poetry and pragmatism to teach the language of landscape and thereby to avoid making profound aesthetic and environmental mistakes in landscape design. Using examples that range across thousands of years and five continents, Anne Spirn examines urban, rural, and natural landscapes and calls for change in the way we shape and respond to them.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3(7)
Prologue: The Yellowwood and the Forgotten Creek 10(5)
One ``Nature's Infinite Book'': The Language of Landscape
Dwelling and Tongue: The Language of Landscape
Survival and Imagination: Reading and Telling the Meanings of Landscape
Artful Telling, Deep Reading: The Literature of Landscape
Two ``Without Form and Void'' to ``Heaven and Earth'': Landscape Composition
Is a Path Like a Noun, Flowing Like a Verb? Elements of Landscape and Language
Dynamic Weaving, Fabric of Stories: Shaping Landscape Context
Rules of Context: Landscape Grammar
Three Using the Language of Landscape: Pragmatics, Poetics, and Polemics
Shaping: Pragmatics of Landscape Expression
A Rose Is Rarely Just a Rose: Poetics of Landscape
Polemical Landscapes
Epilogue: Reimagining Mill Creek 267(6)
Notes 273(15)
Sources 288(23)
Acknowledgments 311(4)
Index 315

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