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MYRA PEATON ENG-103 - College Writing I Writers are not only noted for what they write but mostly for their style of writing The art and beauty of the retrospective narrative is when a writer depicts a significant event and or place from their own personal experience For instance E B Whites One More to the Lake is masterful in taking us back into the past as well as The Town Dump by Wallace Stegner Even though Loren Eiseleys The Brown Wasps reminisces about the past he has an unusual way of expressing this Although writing has been in existence for centuries retrospective narratives gives us an opportunity to look into the heart and soul of the writer In Once More to the Lake E B White decides to revisit the camp he knew as a child which was on the lake in Maine At the onset of his journey to the lake with his son in tow he begins to recall the campsite environment As he describes the lake he gives it a spiritual appearance along with using sensory details such as sight smell and sound to paint a vivid picture of nature at its finest For instance he uses words like this holy spot and the stillness of the cathedral when he describes the lake and also says the bedroom smelled of the lumber it was made of and of the wet woods whose scent entered through the screen During the course of his reflections he notices when White interacts and watches the actions of his young son he speaks of feeling a strange sensation which he later calls transposition This comes about when E B notices his own gestures when he is with his young son or when his young son sneaks off to the lake to take the boat out for a ride which is just as he did when he was a young boy himself
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