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England of My Heart : Spring   By: (1875-1969)

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England of My Heart: Spring by Edward Hutton is a captivating and heartfelt exploration of the beauty and charm of the English countryside. Filled with vivid descriptions and personal anecdotes, the book offers readers an enchanting journey through the various cultural and historical aspects of England during the spring season.

Hutton's writing style is elegantly poetic, immersing readers in the serene landscapes, picturesque villages, and blooming gardens that characterize rural England. His love for the country is evident on every page, as he beautifully captures the essence and spirit of the English way of life.

One of the notable strengths of England of My Heart: Spring is Hutton's ability to seamlessly blend history, literature, and personal experiences. The author transports readers into the world of Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and other literary figures who have been inextricably linked to England's identity. He effortlessly weaves anecdotes from his own travels, providing a personal touch that lends authenticity to his reflections.

From describing the exquisite beauty of daffodils in the Lake District to recounting encounters with friendly locals in rural pubs, Hutton's narratives feel intimate and genuine. He skillfully evokes a sense of nostalgia while simultaneously celebrating the vibrant and changing nature of England, creating a harmonious connection between past and present.

In addition to its aesthetic aspects, England of My Heart: Spring delves into the rich cultural heritage of the English people. Hutton explores various customs, traditions, and festivals that take place in spring, shedding light on their historical significance and contemporary importance. These insights offer readers a deeper understanding of the country's cultural fabric and the enduring impact of centuries-old traditions.

One minor drawback of the book is that at times, Hutton's descriptions can become overly detailed, potentially overwhelming those less familiar with the English countryside. Despite this, his lyrical prose and genuine passion shine through, making it easy to forgive these occasional moments of excess.

Overall, England of My Heart: Spring is a beautifully rendered love letter to England and its enchanting countryside. Edward Hutton's eloquent prose and evocative storytelling make it a delightful read for anyone with an appreciation for nature, literature, and the enduring charm of England. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or an armchair explorer, this book will transport you to the heart of the English springtime, leaving you longing for your own journey through the iconic landscapes of this beloved country.

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England of my heart is a great country of hill and valley, moorland and marsh, full of woodlands, meadows, and all manner of flowers, and everywhere set with steadings and dear homesteads, old farms and old churches of grey stone or flint, and peopled by the kindest and quietest people in the world. To the south, the east, and the west it lies in the arms of its own seas, and to the north it is held too by water, the waters, fresh and clear, of the two rivers as famous as lovely, Thames and Severn, of which poets are most wont to sing, as Spenser when he invokes the first:

"Sweete Themmes runne softly till I end my song";

or Dryden when he tells us of the second:

"The goodly Severn bravely sings The noblest of her British kings, At Caesar's landing what we were, And of the Roman conquest here...."

Within England of my heart, in the whole breadth of her delight, there is no industrial city such as infests, ruins, and spoils other lands, and in this she resembles her great and dear mother Italy. Like her, too, she is full of very famous towns scarcely to be matched for beauty and ancientness in the rest of the world, and their names which are like the words of a great poet, and which it is a pleasure to me to recite, are Canterbury, Chichester, Winchester, Salisbury, Bath, Wells, Exeter, and her ports, whose names are as household words, even in Barbary, are Dover, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Falmouth, and Bristol... Continue reading book >>

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