On Solitude

I think some of the quotations about solitude that I selected for the chapter of that heading are among the most powerful in the book, and probably most readers identify with one or more of them. Solitude and its dark side—loneliness—are frequent themes in May Sarton’s writings, especially in her journals.

I was in Waterford, Connecticut on a beautiful, windy, sparkling winter day, with some time after giving a lecture nearby. So I decided to go to Harkness Memorial State Park on the shore of Long Island Sound. This solitary walker seemed to express the richness of solitude to me—a person accompanied by his, or her own thoughts, uninterrupted, nobody judging him or her.

(The photograph appears on page 31 of From May Sarton’s Well.)