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Evan Mantyk
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2 Responses

  1. George

    Dear Evan Mantyk,
    I read your piece in Echo times about Daffodils.
    One of my favorite poems, after Grays Elegy.
    But you puzzled me. You refer to ;
    “a chance encounter…by the SEA” ??
    What narrator were you referring to .?

    I thought that Wordsworth lived in the English Lake District, near Keswick.
    I had always understood that his encounter with daffodils was along the shore of one of the famous lakes, Derwent water, Ullswater , Grasmere, Windermere, or perhaps all of them.
    Daffodils do grow wild there in great profusion.
    Could you explain your reference to the SEA in this context.?
    Thank you.

    • Evan Mantyk

      Dear George,

      Thank you! I believe you are correct. It would have been a freshwater lake, technically speaking, to which Wordsworth was referring. I was using the sea in a more general sense, like the Sea of Galilee, Aral Sea, and Caspian Sea, which are technically lakes. Things seem grander in the mind’s eye. If you feel I should change it on our website just let me know. At any rate, hopefully this reply clears up any misunderstanding.

      Good day to you,


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