Prompt for January 29 – Virtual Barat House

You do not know how much there is in the hedges.

The line is from The Life of the Fields by Richard Jeffries, published in 1884.

Use the prompt to inspire your work in any form (poetry or prose; fiction of any genre; creative nonfiction, essay, or memoir).

Log into our virtual meeting at 1pm for readings and discussion.

Notes on the prompt

Admittedly, I don’t read a lot of 19th century literature on English country landscaping. This quote and citation came from a Goodreads search of “hedge.”

“Hedge” is also sometimes used as a literary term, apart from its colloquial use. The Cambridge Dictionary characterizes hedge words and phrases as a necessary part of polite conversation. See also, though, this cautionary blog post by Jane Friedman against using hedge words (and inflation words) in your writing.