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A letter from a reader about A poetic experience on the ice

August 10, 2006

The brief feature noting 100 years of Lake Carnegie tickled a memory of a precious Princeton experience. One winter day in an undergraduate English lit course, our instructor read aloud a Wordsworth poem which described “cutting across the reflex of a star” when the poet ice-skated on a moonless night. That very evening a few of us with ice skates duplicated the experience on Lake Carnegie, cutting the reflexes of many stars reflected from the unblemished surface of the hard frozen lake.


Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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