Nature will not name itself

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There are experiences of landscape that will always resist articulation, and of which words offer only a distant echo. Nature will not name itself. Granite doesn’t self-identify as igneous. Light has no grammar. Language is always late for its subject… But we are and always have been name-callers, christeners. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes grained into our words.

Robert MacFarlane
The Word-Hoard: Robert MacFarlane on rewilding our language of landscape

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One Reply to “Nature will not name itself”

  1. “Language is always late for its subject… But we are and always have been name-callers, christeners.” Very profound. There’s something within us that keeps on trying to put all we experience into words even though we know deep down our attempts will fall short.

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