Published online by Cambridge University Press: 03 February 2022
Cultural associations with nature can be readily found in literature and in art. For example, a poet may write about, or an artist may depict, ‘dappled sunlight in woods’, giving us a benign association of somewhere we may enjoy and perhaps thus cherish. On the other hand, there may be writing about ‘tangled, impenetrable forest’ and visual depictions of darkness and shadows under trees, giving more negative connotations. Such associations can be interpreted in terms of not only showing how we see nature but also as giving insights into how we treat it.