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Snow-Bound A Winter Idyll   By: (1807-1892)

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Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyll by John Greenleaf Whittier is a timeless literary masterpiece that effortlessly transports readers to a quaint, rural New England landscape. Through his vivid imagery and eloquent storytelling, Whittier captures the essence of a winter storm while intertwining it with tender family reminiscences.

The poem immerses readers in a world blanketed by snow, painting a breathtaking picture of the author's surroundings. Whittier's descriptions of the natural world are unparalleled, as he portrays the sparkling ice, frost-laden trees, and the hushed stillness that only a winter storm can bring. With each carefully chosen word, he evokes the crisp air and the ethereal beauty of the winter wonderland.

What truly distinguishes Snow-Bound is the heartwarming story it weaves within the wintry setting. Whittier invites readers into his own childhood home, where he reminisces and shares anecdotes about his family and their experiences during the storm. As readers turn the pages, they become an intimate part of the Whittier household, sensing the love, warmth, and camaraderie that bind this family together.

Through various recollections, the poet unveils the different characters that populated his childhood, each with their unique quirks and personalities. From his hardworking father to his affectionate mother, or his thoughtful sisters to his playful brothers, each family member is skillfully portrayed, offering readers a glimpse into their lives and the enduring bonds that connected them.

Whittier's writing style is poetic yet accessible, making Snow-Bound a delight for readers of all ages. His skillful use of rhyming couplets and descriptive language creates a rhythm that flows smoothly, almost as if the readers themselves were gliding along the snowy landscape. This harmonious blend of form and content emphasizes the poet's mastery of storytelling, capturing not only our minds but also our hearts.

Beyond its beautiful verses and captivating family tales, Snow-Bound delves into deeper themes of nostalgia, memory, and the power of nature. Whittier's reflection on the passage of time, his longing for the past, and his appreciation for the simpler things in life resonates with readers even centuries after its initial publication. The poem reminds us of the importance of family, the significance of our roots, and the everlasting memories that shape who we are.

In conclusion, Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyll is a remarkable piece of literature that captures the timeless charm of a winter storm and the enduring bonds of family. Whittier's picturesque descriptions, emotional depth, and poetic prowess make this book an enriching and uplifting read. Whether you seek solace in the beauty of nature or cherish the warmth of familial connections, Snow-Bound is a masterpiece that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on your heart.

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A Winter Idyl


With Illustrations

[Illustration: Portrait]

Boston JAMES R. OSGOOD AND COMPANY, Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co. 1872

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the years 1865 and 1867, by JOHN G. WHITTIER, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

[Illustration: Publisher's Device]

In the present edition of "Snow Bound," the Illustrations are drawn by Mr. HARRY FENN from sketches made by him during a visit to the scene of the poem. The engraving has been done by Mr. A. V. S. ANTHONY, under whose supervision the book has been prepared, and Mr. W. J. LINTON.

The Publishers are confident that the drawing, engraving, and printing will commend themselves to the approval of the critic and the connoisseur; while to those unfamiliar with the locale of the poem, the following note from the author will be the best guaranty of the artists' fidelity.

It gives me pleasure to commend the illustrations which accompany this edition of "Snow Bound," for the faithfulness with which they present the spirit and the details of the passages and places that the artist has designed them to accompany... Continue reading book >>

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