the first indication of his fixation:
excessive picnicking. summer afternoons
wasted amidst the pines and palmettos, far
from the bustle of the city. profound admiration
for the countrified agrarian masses. Odes to
milking-pails and balls of cowslips soon ensued.
from dewy morn to the dream-filled eve
to the page he committed pastoral verse
for the country wit, cluttered with shepherdlings,
sheep-shearers and fairies, ever-frolicking
amidst rings of toadstools in rustic twilit raves.
his literary efforts evoked meadows, lately mown,
top-dressed with manure.