The Genius Of The Place

April 22, 2012

Burlington waterfront

Burlington waterfront (Photo credit: Lens‌cap)

In ancient Rome a Genius loci referred to the protective spirit of a place. In the Western world it came to refer to a place’s atmosphere or spirit.

It was Alexander Pope who linked the concept to landscaping. In a letter to Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington, in 1731 Pope wrote:

Consult the genius of the place in all;/That tells the waters or to rise, or fall;/Or helps th’ ambitious hill the heav’ns to scale,/Or scoops in circling theatres the vale;/Calls in the country, catches opening glades,/Joins willing woods, and varies shades from shades,/Now breaks, or now directs, th’ intending lines;/Paints as you plant, and, as you work, designs.

Happy Earth Day

3 Responses to “The Genius Of The Place”

  1. gaiamethod Says:

    The Spirit of a Place is an actual energy that you can work with if you want to actively influence how a place works. Think of Findhorn in the old days when they were able to grow amazing vegetables through communication with the nature energies there. Lovely blog!

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  2. Nicole Brait Says:

    Thank you Shannon. I’m glad you liked it.

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  3. Shannon Says:

    Beautiful post, Nicole. Happy Earth Day to you too! Every day should be Earth Day. It is in my house.

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