'To wound an oak': the Poetics of Tree-felling at Nun Appleton

Major, Philip
April 2010
Seventeenth Century;Spring2010, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p143
Poetry Review
Andrew Marvell's poem 'Upon Appleton House, To My Lord Fairfax' has justifiably received much critical attention in recent decades, not least for its proto-environmental concerns. However, another contemporary poem concerned not only with the same Yorkshire retreat but also, intriguingly, the same theme of oak-felling, has passed almost entirely unnoticed by scholars: 'The Vocal Oak' (1679), by Fairfax's cousin, Brian Fairfax. This article argues that in addition to its treating tree-felling as an intrinsically significant, deleterious ecological event, Fairfax's poem illustrates the usefully rich metaphorical and symbolic uses to which such occasions could be put, with particular regard to constructing the posthumous reputation of his illustrious cousin.


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