love, remember. And there is pansies; that's for
There's fennel for you, and columbines
There's rue for you, and here's some
for me: we call it herb of Grace a' Sundays.
You may wear your rue with a difference. There's
a daisy. I would give you some violets, but they
withered all when my father died.... Hamlet, William Shakespeare
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And saw what I never had seen:
A Chapel was built in the midst,
Where I used to play on the green...
The Garden of Love, William Blake
Flowers have been a constant source of inspiration to poets throughout the ages. William Blake immediately comes to mind, with his Ah! Sunflower from Songs of Innocence, and The Sick Rose from Songs of Experience. For an interesting essay on these and others of Blake's flower poems, click HERE.
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"The main types of such a language seem to be metaphorical (flowers mirroring inner human life and modeling the art of living, beauty, naturalness, durability and authenticity); symbolic (specific flowers as signs of certain meanings); magical (flowers as bearers of special forces) and mystical (flowers as mediators of incomprehensible feelings of being alive and ego-less, united with reality)"
Our challenge today is to turn to flowers for inspiration, not simply as beautiful objects, but as symbols of deeper emotions and human qualities, or as magical ingredients. The Language of Flowers website provides a comprehensive list of flowers and their meanings HERE. It is always preferable to write a new poem in keeping with the challenge aspect of this Wednesday prompt.