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What is Landscape?

John R. Stilgoe February 17, 2020

What is Landscape? John R. Stilgoe Landscape, John Stilgoe tells us, is a noun From the old Frisian language once spoken in coastal parts of the Netherlands and Germany , it meant shoveled land landschop Sixteenth century Englishmen misheard or mispronounced this as landskep, which became landskip, then landscape, designating the surface of the earth shaped for human habitation In What Is LanLandscape, John Stilgoe tells us, is a noun From the old Frisian language once spoken in coastal parts of the Netherlands and Germany , it meant shoveled land landschop Sixteenth century Englishmen misheard or mispronounced this as landskep, which became landskip, then landscape, designating the surface of the earth shaped for human habitation In What Is Landscape Stilgoe maps the discovery of landscape by putting words to things, zeroing in on landscape s essence but also leading sideways expeditions through such sources as children s picture books, folklore, deeds, antique terminology, out of print dictionaries, and conversations with locals What is that Well, it s not really a slough, not really, it s a bayou He offers a highly original, cogent, compact, gracefully written narrative lexicon of landscape as word, concept, and path to discoveries What Is Landscape is an invitation to walk, to notice, to ask to see a sandcastle with a pinwheel at the beach and think of Dutch windmills icons of triumph, markers of territory won from the sea to walk in the woods and be amused by the Elizabethans misuse of the Latin silvaticus people of the woods to coin the word savages to see in a suburban front lawn a representation of the meadow of a medieval freehold.Discovering landscape is good exercise for body and for mind This book is an essential guide and companion to that exercise to understanding, literally and figuratively, what landscape is.

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