What is it about nuts that inspires literary figures to describe them as idiosyncratic as humans—or to at least hold them up to our human mirror and make us think twice about some of the things we say or do.
Here are a few delightful nut quotations and poems from well-known poets to make you smile or, perhaps, ponder the mighty nut tree:
Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:The Village Smithy
Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me:
There lie they, and here lie we
Under the spreading chestnut tree.
–George Orwell (1903–1950), British author. popular song, in Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt. 1, ch. 7, and passim (1949).
Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;
If I cannot carry forests on my back,
Neither can you crack a nut.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. poet, essayist. The Mountain and the Squirrel (l. 17–19).
In a good play every speech should be as fully flavoured as a nut or apple.
–J.M. (John Millington) Synge (1871–1909), Irish poet, dramatist. The Playboy of the Western World, introduction (1907).
I had a little nut-tree, nothing would it bear
But a golden nutmeg and a silver pear;