Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Winter blues...









Nature, and weather, is often used symbolically in literature. Chekhov once stated that, 'Nature becomes animated, if you are not squeamish about employing comparisons of her phenomena with ordinary human activities'. One of the most famous examples of pathetic fallacy can be found in Dickens' 'Bleak House'; 'Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city'. Snow holds a variety of different connotations, and in honour of the winter's first snowfall, 'The Guardian' has published a quiz on snow in literature, which can be found here

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