Friday, 10 June 2016
Four Or More Senses
clouds catching sunlight;
a breeze sweet with young grass;
trees making a rustling roof above the trail;
shafts of light in the shade;
a red squirrel among the green and gold;
a spring glittering and gurgling;
the day growing warm;
smells of life.
Every time Anderson describes such a scene, it remains fresh. If Hadding had picked and eaten a strawberry, then we would have had five senses. And there is one more sensuous experience. The comely young giantess uses magic to make herself small enough for sex with Hadding. He will go into the world a conquering hero fully initiated into manhood.