No one can walk in a road cut through pine woods, without being struck with the architectural appearance of the grove, especially in winter, when the barrenness
of all other trees shows the low arch of the Saxons.
Far and near the view suggested the same dreary impressions of solitude and decay, and the glorious brightness of the summer sky overhead seemed only to deepen and harden the gloom and barrenness
of the wilderness on which it shone.
He had a glimpse of the irresistible force, and he saw also the barrenness
of his convictions--of her convictions.
I remember to have heard it, then and there, said, that the Blessed Land was once fertile as the bottoms of the Mississippi, and groaning with its stores of grain and fruits; but that the judgment has since fallen upon it, and that it is now more remarkable for its barrenness than any qualities to boast of.
As if that was not enough to convince man of his ignorance; and as though it were put there in mockery of his conceit, a pine shoots up from the roots of the oak, just as barrenness comes after fertility, or as these wastes have been spread, where a garden may have been created.
By degrees the insupportable solitude and barrenness
of the place rouses him from this stupor, and when the trap in his grated door is opened, he humbly begs and prays for work.
As the heat of the glowing day when they had stopped to drink at the streams of melted ice and snow, was changed to the searching cold of the frosty rarefied night air at a great height, so the fresh beauty of the lower journey had yielded to barrenness
Also, they added, they could not but see with what demonstrations of wisdom and goodness the governing providence of God directs the events of things in this world, which, they said, appeared in their circumstances: for if, pressed by the hardships they were under, and the barrenness
of the country where they were, they had searched after a better to live in, they had then been out of the way of the relief that happened to them by my means.
They all preserve, however, the common characteristics of barrenness
, inhospitality, and misery.
In this Warren differed from John Crowe Ransom, who continued to search for a refuge from the chaotic modern world: a refuge he located first in the South but eventually in something called "the community of letters," a kind of private club of sensitive souls for whom aesthetic experience could be a consolation for the general barrenness
of modern life.
The ice storm that is the picture's central device actually is an image of aridity, of barrenness
as much as a chilly emotional climate.
As will be seen later, images of barrenness
permeate the entire novel.