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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

In a fairly detailed, and pretty graphic, description of nature red in tooth and claw, Annie introduces us to one of nature's most remarkable predators, the giant water bug. She tells us of the...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2020 12:37 pm UTC

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

As the contemporary Emerson or Thoreau, Annie Dillard typically offers meditations on transcendental themes found by venturing into nature and observing it with keen sight and insight. Like her...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2019 11:32 pm UTC

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Enotes has an excellent discussion of this beautiful collection of essays by Dillard. All of her meditations on nature arise from her observation of it: she doesn't interfere with it (generally)...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2007 8:17 am UTC

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Dillard reminisces about a couple of summers ago when she was walking along the edge of the island. She wanted to see what was in the water as well as scare some frogs. She notices that the frogs...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2019 9:07 am UTC

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Annie Dillard is amused by the way frogs dive off the bank of the river when they're scared. Dillard explains that she went walking one day a few years before mainly to scare frogs. She says that...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019 3:52 am UTC

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Annie Dillard compares the shrinking frog to a deflating football, bright scum on top of the water, a pricked balloon, and a kicked tent. She meets the frog in the first essay in the book, "Heaven...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019 4:26 am UTC

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

"Living like Weasels" is an excerpt from Dillard's book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. As a stand-alone piece, it functions as a familiar essay. A familiar essay is an essay that combines both factual,...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018 12:22 pm UTC

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

The way to understand Dillard's statement in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is to fix it in its context, which is all metaphorical and jumping from one figure of speech to another with very few solid...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2010 10:01 am UTC

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

While Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is about her time living in a specific place in Virginia, the "place" she writes about is the natural world. Dillard is a keen observer of nature. Often, she...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2021 1:13 pm UTC

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

In Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, Dillard explores the area around Tinker Creek in the Blue Ridge Mountains while offering observations about life, religion, solitude, and the natural...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019 4:09 pm UTC

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

“Terror at Tinker Creek” is not a name of a chapter in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. However, it does aptly describe the reader’s feeling once he or she reaches the book’s via negativa section, which...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2016 6:52 pm UTC

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