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The Fyfield Elm CC73_00468

FYFIELD, Oxfordshire. Looking towards the Elm tree immortalised in Matthew Arnolds poem The Scholar-Gypsy, first published in 1853, in the line To dance around the Fyfield elm in May. Photographed by Henry Taunt in 1867

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This photograph, titled "Fyfield Elm CC73_00468," transports us back in time to the picturesque village of Fyfield in Oxfordshire, England, during the Victorian era. The image, taken by the renowned photographer Henry W. Taunt in 1867, showcases the iconic Fyfield Elm tree, which has been immortalized in Matthew Arnold's beloved poem "The Scholar-Gypsy," first published in 1853. In the line "To dance around the Fyfield elm in May," Arnold painted a vivid picture of the ancient elm tree, which has long been a source of inspiration and enchantment for generations. Taunt's photograph offers a visual representation of the tree in its full glory, standing tall and majestic against a backdrop of lush greenery and a clear blue sky. The Fyfield Elm, with its gnarled branches and massive trunk, is a testament to the passage of time and the enduring beauty of nature. It is a reminder of the simple pleasures and connections to the natural world that were cherished during the Victorian era and continue to resonate with us today. Taunt's photograph is a precious historical artifact that offers a glimpse into the past and provides a tangible link to the literary and artistic traditions of the time. It is a reminder of the power of nature to inspire and captivate, and of the importance of preserving our natural heritage for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.

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