what is gentle landscape ? I've got a short explanation like "a landscape with nothing extreme or threatening about it" but I find it insufficient. Could you please define it broadly?

  • It sounds like a rather bland landscape. If you edit your question to provide more context to the phrase (e.g. the sentence you found it in), the community may be able to help you more.
    – Lawrence
    Sep 8, 2016 at 11:20
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    The term has a literal meaning (fields, or undulating hills, not steep cliffs or boulder-strewn terrain which is difficult to traverse) and also a figurative meaning, where the "landscape" is not a real landscape but a metaphor for peacefulness, lack of strife and contention, such as "As the election drew closer, negative TV ads began to mar the gentle landscape that characterized the early days of the campaign".
    – TimR
    Sep 8, 2016 at 14:05
  • @Lawrence I'm not sure it'll be usefull to provide context regarding that phrase but anyway here you are : "Chianti is a very large portion of Tuscany, famous for its wine, its oil, for its gentle landscape, of rolling hills and vineyards, considered an example of the perfect coexistence and integration between man and nature." Sep 8, 2016 at 15:24
  • @TRomano Would this phrase be only said about countryside landscape or city, town landscapes might also be included in this definition? Sep 8, 2016 at 15:32
  • We could use the word cityscape of the city when it is viewed from afar; the phrase "urban landscape" refers to the streets from the perspective of someone inside the city.
    – TimR
    Sep 8, 2016 at 15:37

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A gentle landscape is one with no threatening aspects, as opposed to a dramatic landscape with rugged hills or mountains. This is an example of a gentle landscape, the English Cotswolds link

This is an example of a dramatic landscape, part of the Scottish Highlands. link

  • does these both(dramatic or gentle landscspe) involve weather conditions as well , say, dramatic landscape has the view of thunders with torrential rain and high winds ,conversely, gentle has nice, sunny weather. Or these terms have nothing to do with the weather circumstances at all? Sep 9, 2016 at 15:06
  • Nothing to do with the weather as far as I'm concerned. A dramatic landscape is dramatic on a calm sunny day and a gentle landscape is still gentle even if it's being battered by a hurricane. Storm damage to the gentle landscape could change its character until the damage was repaired or repaired itself but that would be a semi-permanent change.
    – BoldBen
    Sep 10, 2016 at 20:13
  • Thanks alot you all. Answers were of great help in understanding broadly. Sep 11, 2016 at 9:16

Gentle landscape is not a well-known saying, but looks/sounds like "flowery" language that is trying to evoke an emotional response from you. So it should not be taken literally, and it could technically mean a number of things depending on the mood the writer or speaker is trying to convey. It can't be completely understood apart from its surrounding text or speech.

It could mean:

  • A landscape that is pleasant to look at.
  • A landscape that doesn't have harsh attributes, or is being contrasted with another thing that has harsh attributes, such as "The gentle landscape was a welcome change from the dirty junkyard."
  • A landscape that's easy to walk or travel upon, e.g. not hilly.
  • A landscape that doesn't have a lot of complexity to it, maybe just a few manicured bushes, etc. and nothing very elaborate.
  • A landscape that is comforting and refreshing to look at or be in.

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