A GARDEN ENCLOSED
In his “Song of Songs” Solomon sings of “a garden enclosed” Into such a garden Tennyson’s Maud was called by her lover.
Andrew Marvel speaks of “green thought in a green shade*’ — fancies of the mind in the lovely quiet of a green old garden.
The captive Israelite found his ideal of security and peace “under his vine and fig tree/’ where none made him afraid.
These poetic representations are symbols, for, will fancies springs or dreams come, or lovers meet, or the deep sense of home be felt, in a garden open to the public gaze?
The enclosed garden symbolizes civilized man’s relation to wild nature. At first it is a contest for mastery, but it results in an alliance by which nature is tamed and rendered more beautiful, and in turn ministers to man and becomes his inspiration in art and song.
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