What is wildness?

  • (noun): A feeling of extreme emotional intensity.
    Example: "The wildness of his anger"
    Synonyms: abandon
    See also — Additional definitions below

Wildness

Wildness is literally the quality of being wild or untamed, but further to this, it has been defined as a quality produced in nature (Thoreau 1906), as that which emerges from a forest (Micoud 1993), and as a level of achievement in nature (Cookson 2004). It differs from wilderness, which is a place where wildness occurs.

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Benefits of Weed Species
... "What would the world be, once bereft, of wet and wildness? Let them be left ... O let them be left wildness and wet Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet." -- Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem Inversnaid A number of weeds, such as the ... people have appreciated weeds for their tenacity, their wildness and even the work and connection to nature they provide ...
Lawn Weeds - Benefits of Weed Species
... "What would the world be, once bereft, of wet and wildness? Let them be left ... O let them be left wildness and wet Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet." -- Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem Inversnaid A number of weeds, such as the dandelion Taraxacum, are ... appreciated weeds for their tenacity, their wildness and even the work and connection to nature they provide ...
Michael Taussig - Shamanism, Colonialism, and The Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing (1987)
... its force from the colonially generated wildness of the epistemic murk of the space of death" (127) ... Here Taussig is speaking of how the shaman has been able to harness the "mystery" and "wildness" projected onto him by Western "civilization" in his practice as a shaman ... In what does the healing power of wildness lie? Taussig answers this question Wildness challenges the unity of the symbol, the transcendent totalization binding the image to that which it represents ...
Wildness - External Sources
... (2004) Wildness, the forgotten partner of evolution Gatherings, J ... A rating scale for wildness and ease of handling laboratory mice results for 21 inbred strains tested in two laboratories ...

More definitions of "wildness":

  • (noun): A state of nature.

Famous quotes containing the word wildness:

    Mr. [Christopher] Smart the poet was here yesterday.... This ingenious writer is one of the most unfortunate of men—he has been twice confined in a mad house.... How great a pity so clever, so ingenious a man should be reduced to such shocking circumstances. He is extremely grave, and has still great wildness in his manner, looks and voice—’tis impossible to see him and to think of his works, without feeling the utmost pity and concern for him.
    Frances Burney (1752–1840)

    The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild; and what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the World.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    His strength is so tender, his wildness so meek,
    James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)