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Unclipped Grasses of Deering Oaks, 2004

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Unclipped Grasses of Deering Oaks, 2004 / Maine Historical Society

While much of Deering Oaks is perfectly manicured today, during Longfellow's time, Deering's Woods was, according to Charles Calhoun's <em>Longfellow</em>, "a tangle of trees, tidal estuaries, and overgrown ravines that separated the Deering estate from the town'a place where Portland boys went to shoot birds and squirrels and escape the confines of home. Henry went along, but to sit under the trees and read and meditate the rough and resiny Maine forest into the greenwood of his British literary masters."


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