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    Any clues to what in the clear light that is all shadow means in the excerpt below? I understand it's a poetic way of saying something, but it sounds to much like an oxymoron for me to understand it. Comments?

    Behind the swarthy Mountain the sun had gone down in waveless gold. From
    a pasture up the slope a tinkle of cow-bells sounded; a puff of smoke
    hung over the farm in the valley, trailed on the pure air and was gone.
    For a few minutes, in the clear light that is all shadow, fields and
    woods were outlined with an unreal precision; then the twilight blotted
    them out, and the little house turned gray and spectral under its
    wizened apple-branches.
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    EW is describing a sort of sunset I haven't seen, so I can't with honesty say 'you know that time when...' - because you and I just don't share this experience with EW. But I can say this: just before sunset, shadows are long; everything has a shadow and is in shadow. At that moment, while close objects are unclear, distant ones - features in the landscape - are more clear. Perhaps this particular New England sunset has something to do with that.

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    Default Re: in the clear light that is all shadow

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But I can say this: just before sunset, shadows are long; everything has a shadow and is in shadow. At that moment, while close objects are unclear, distant ones - features in the landscape - are more clear. Perhaps this particular New England sunset has something to do with that.

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    I think you hit the spot there, BobK. I'm really impressed ...

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