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Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet

English translation: He likes nature in the wild

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English term or phrase:Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet
English translation:He likes nature in the wild
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13:03 Mar 12, 2008
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Social Sciences - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet
In the 1870's Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote:
What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

Thanks in advance.
Jason Ma
China
Local time: 21:06
He likes nature in the wild
Explanation:
He likes to see wild country, with weeds and wilderness untamed by man. He would hate to see the countryside turned into a well-tended garden with neat lawns and only approved flowers growing.

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Note added at 38 mins (2008-03-12 13:42:21 GMT)
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Thank you for the Chinese nickname, I must make a note of that.
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Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:06
Grading comment
Many thanks. I have learned a lot.
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4 +13He likes nature in the wild
Jack Doughty


  

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6 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +13
long live the weeds and the wilderness yet
He likes nature in the wild


Explanation:
He likes to see wild country, with weeds and wilderness untamed by man. He would hate to see the countryside turned into a well-tended garden with neat lawns and only approved flowers growing.

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Note added at 38 mins (2008-03-12 13:42:21 GMT)
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Thank you for the Chinese nickname, I must make a note of that.

Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:06
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 514
Grading comment
Many thanks. I have learned a lot.
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thank you, Jack. In China, we might call you jishiyu, meaning **much awaited rain in dry season**.


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agree  Kim Metzger: http://www.gerardmanleyhopkins.net/songs/203_inversnaid.html
2 mins
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agree  kmtext: Yes twice over. I agree with your interpretation and with the poet's sentiment.
2 mins
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agree  xxxPoveyTrans
3 mins
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agree  Nesrin: I agree - I love a dandelion as much as a daffodil and don't know why people are so cruel towards them!// [a dandelion is a weed that's treated with much contempt and weedkillers :-) ]
7 mins
  -> Thank you. I can tell them apart, but that's about the extent of my horticultural knowledge.

agree  xxxd_vachliot: I love this author.
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agree  fourth: and "skies of couple-coloured as a brinded cow..."
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Mar 17, 2008 - Changes made by Jason Ma:
Edited KOG entry<a href="/profile/641710">Jason Ma's</a> old entry - "Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet" » "He likes nature in the wild"


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