William Howitt, Australia and the ‘Green Language’


"It is clear that for William Howitt the literary landscaped view is indeed a learned model, and so he readily applies this Arcadian precept to what is in fact natural countryside, seen at specific moments of the year when the season dictates its appearance. In what follows I will explore various interpretations of Howitt's use of 'green language', as a major element of the Romantic poetry which shaped his writing, to record his Australian landscape experiences, including his deployment of the picturesque and the sublime."

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Published 1 November 2014 in Volume 29 No. 4. Subjects: Australian landscape - Literary portrayal, Howitt, William, Romanticism.

Cite as: Johnston, Judith. ‘William Howitt, Australia and the ‘Green Language’.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 29, no. 4, 2014, doi: 10.20314/als.c49a3197dd.