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a deity or nymph of the woods

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We do not," Lewis writes, "look at trees either as Dryads or as beautiful objects while we cut them into beams: the first man who did so may have felt the price keenly, and the bleeding trees in Virgil and Spenser may be far-off echoes of that primeval sense of impiety.
Included under the umbrella of fairy mythology are Celtic and mainland European species such as banshees and leprechauns, ancient Greek nymphs and dryads, and African nature spirits--thematically comprising those mysterious seminatural beings from varied cultures whose actions tend to be unpredictable, motivations inscrutable, and interactions with humans brief yet frequently profound.
Dryads were much beloved of the Romantics such as Keats and Coleridge, and romantic Edwardians such as Arthur Rackham, but they were rather out of fashion in the modern and post-modern criticism of Tolkien's twentieth century.
Like a hunted deer plunges to water, I longed to immerse myself in these nude, glistening bodies, in sirens and dryads, in Narcissus and Proteus, in Perseus and Actaeon; I wanted to disappear into them and speak in tongues out from those bodies.
This is also the likely origin of folk legends such as the green man, dryads and wood nymphs, which have begun to influence my work.
By tracing what he calls "a kind of Nietzschean genealogy of religion," he adopts a storyteller's tone: "You see a geography--and it's an interesting one--in that the dryads and the nymphs used to be in the trees and in the streams.
Even in Davos, as recorded in archive photographs, he managed to procure a supply of imported models and dancers who could be persuaded to frolic naked in the woods, like dryads, while he captured their untrammelled movements on paper.
Puck and Ash know how to negotiate the foreign terrain and the dryads that inhabit it.
CLURICAUN As well as a fine assortment of dryads, nymphs, goblins, Ireland has some notable Faery folk.
Maya's twelve-year-olds came with her, like a flock of dryads around the goddess Diana.
A California song, A prophecy and indirection, a thought impalpable to breathe as air A chorus of dryads, fading, departing, or hamadryads departing, A murmuring, fateful, giant voice, out of the earth and sky, Voice of a mighty dying tree in the redwood forest dense (351)
The Autumn and Spring Dryads followed, both being finished the same year.
The explicit mention of the Dryads is coupled with another hint at the imaginative world of the ancient Greeks: the indirect reference to the myth of Philemon and Baucis.
The three effectively sung dryads were Andrea Coleman, Katherine Haugen and Karin Wolverton.
A puzzler ferociously feral, Whose muzzle puts wizards in peril, Roared jeremiads At druids and dryads While guzzling his beer by the barrel.