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dryads:

see nymphnymph
, in Greek mythology, female divinity associated with various natural objects. It is uncertain whether they were immortal or merely long-lived. There was an infinite variety of nymphs. Some represented various localities, e.g.
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dryads

divine maidens of the woods. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 108]
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Moreover, its flexibility--it is "bent down to the ground" by the wind--its white skin, and its vulnerability--it is naked, "stripped of every leaf," and its tears fall like rain--give it a distinctly feminine quality very much in keeping with classical depictions of dryads.
Whitman's redwoods are happy to die, and the dryads and hamadryads are willing to leave the tree, as they are all somehow magically convinced of the natural supremacy of the human.
Here, though, by virtue of their titles, the Dryads invite us to see the pillar's volume (the figure) as a concentration or intensification of Nature--a body in which nature and woman are one.
Like Manley, who feminized the trees with classical allusions (the Dryads, the mythical significance of lime trees), Gerard applies gendered connotations to the conflict man/nature, which is turned into an intraspecific struggle between strong and weak human beings.
The Narnia is a magical world where, humans, fauns, dryads, elves, druids, satyrs, dwarves, witches and sorcerers, evil spirits, minotaurs, goblins, wreaths and of course talking animals, all live in strange harmony.
Those dryads, naiads, and satyrs rolling in threesomes on the ground invoke Morris's New Love Song Waltzes, and the whole third act owes L'Allegro.
This cryptic and somewhat superficial interpretation aside, what is the reader to make of dryads who cannot be found in Whiltshire?
In Boucher, Olympians, dryads and shepherdesses are interchangeable.
These elves, dryads, trolls, dwarves, and the like have never seemed to hate anyone; they're just sort of amoral.
39] For d'Urfe as for Ficino in his summae of the Phaedrus, the Dryads and Naiads "[preside] over [the] generation and growth of subsequent written text," [40] though d'Urfe seeks to deny the value of writing.
To Pater, Corot's nymphs are "such Dryads as human [imag.