Sheltered Garden

I have had enough. (angered, irritated by sheltered gardens)
I gasp for breath. (speaker feels constrained, suppressed, just like the plants"

Every way ends, every road,
every foot-path leads at last
to the hill-crest --
then you retrace your steps,
or find the same slope on the other side,
precipitate.

I have had enough -- (repetition of first line, emphasizing the speaker's disgust)
border-pinks, clove-pinks, wax-lilies,
herbs, sweet-cress.

O for some sharp swish of a branch --
there is no scent of resin (lack of natural richness)
in this place,
no taste of bark, of coarse weeds, (loss of the beautiful wildness and imperfections of nature)
aromatic, astringent --
only border on border of scented pinks.

Have you seen fruit under cover (plants are all overly protected)
that wanted light --
pears wadded in cloth,
protected from the frost,
melons, almost ripe,
smothered in straw? (plants which are "ripe", are still overly protected, causing them to be "smothered")



The Sheltered Garden, is written by Hilda Dolittle or H.D. It revolves around the "sheltered garden", and how this shelter, which is meant to protect the garden, and prevent the plants from being harmed or damaged in some way. However, this ironically, hinders the garden's growth, and prevents it from achieving maximum, natural beauty. The phrase "fruit under cover - that wanted light". The fruits are "under cover" and "smothered", showing that they are overly protected, and are suffocated.
This poem shows that man's actions, which help to protect the plants, inevitably causes them to be constrained, and not be able to reach that natural level of growth and beauty.

The speaker is clearly concerned, and to some extent, angered, by this limitation of growth, as she says "I have had enough". The speaker feels that the "sheltered garden", is overly protected, and influenced by man, and there is "no taste of bark, or coarse weeds". The speaker clearly wishes for the gardens to be cared for, but not to the extent that there is a loss of natural flavour and liveliness. The speaker is likely to be a knowledgeable person, or could also be a middle aged to elderly person, as she seems to like the rawness and wildness of nature, instead of the artificially protected "sheltered garden".











The speaker
-concerned about nature, "no scent of resin in this place", feels that Sheltered Garden has prevented plants from achieving their natural state of growth
-intelligent, she observes the irony of plants being over-treated and sheltered, to the point that they are "smothered in straw" and are suffocated
-stands up for herself, not afraid to voice her opinion of plants and how they should be treated
-straight road, no adventure or freedom in nature, prefers nature to be in its untamed state, appreciates the wildness of nature
-frustrated as she is not given the chance to witness the plants in their natural state, "no taste of bark, or coarse weeds"
-does not like artificial or modified plants, feels that man is interfering too much with nature, could be seen to be a slightly old-fashioned person
-she is a liberal mindset, as she is not afraid to voice her opinion and opposition toward the use of the "sheltered garden"
-she does not seem to have a progressive outlook, as sheltered gardens are meant to ensure that plants are protected, and the best product is obtained. However, it seems that the speaker wishes for the plants to be left the way they are, without any improvements or intervention by man