Category Archives: Shakespeare on Flowers

Flowers and poetry go hand in hand. Shakespeare’s plays poems and sonnets abound with reference to flowers, herbs stones “and their true qualities”

What’s in a name? Nagorno-Karabakh

… that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet… On this point I would disagree with Juliet. If, rather than ‘rose’ the flower were called, say, ‘globularia’, the perfume would be the same, but the overall effect wouldn’t. For in ‘rose’ the initial ‘r’ trembles softly on the palate Read More

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Shakespeare and a Rose for Christmas

“At Christmas I no more desire a rose, Than wish a snow in May’s new fangled mirth, But like of each thing as in season grows.” (Love’s Labours Lost, act 1, sc. 1) I began the blog thinking of the 25th Anniversary of the American invasion of Panama, conducted on Christmas Eve (1989) – when Read More

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Shakespeare, a Christmas Rose, Reflection and Music

“At Christmas I no more desire a rose, Than wish a snow in May’s new fangled mirth, But like of each thing as in season grows.” (Love’s Labours Lost, act 1, sc. 1 “It’s the season to be jolly…etc.” And, at least for some, reflection is the companion of gayety. Or perhaps the din and Read More

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Shakespeare, Primroses, Austerity and Hypocrisy

…. The primrose path of dalliance threads And recks not his own rede” (Hamlet, act 1, sc. 3) Comment. If yesterday it was daffodils, today it is primroses (primula vulgaris, for the botanists), another floral emblem of Spring. Equally laden, furthermore, with symbolic and metaphorical meanings, pertinent to Laertes’ (as it’s the case here), as Read More

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Daffodils, Shakespeare, Wordworth, Rustle of Spring, Poetry and Music

“Daffodils, that come before the swallow dares, and take The winds of March with beauty” (Winter’s Tale, act 4, sc. 4) Comment. Today we will deflect our gaze from the contemptible machinations of warmongers, thieves, perverts and unpalatable politicians. We are at the edge of Spring among whose heralds are the daffodils, now in plentiful Read More

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Another St. Valentine, another Shakespearean Compliment

“The field’s chief flower, sweet above compare, Stain to all nymphs… More white and red than doves or roses are” (Venus and Adonis) As a curiosity item, here is a letter from an illustrious and historical character to his Valentine of the time – when the Internet was the stuff of improbable miracles or of Read More

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Shakespeare and Original Ideas for St. Valentine

“Verona’s summer hath not such a flower” (Romeo and Juliet, act 1, sc. 3) Comment.  According to Oscar Wilde, “Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are and that is the difference between the sexes.” Be it as it may, the hyper-commercial festivities of St. Valentine need not deter you (us) from extracting a Read More

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Shakespeare, the Elusive Christmas Rose and a Video from the Webrunner

“At Christmas I no more desire a rose, Than wish a snow in May’s new fangled mirth, But like of each thing as in season grows.” (Love’s Labours Lost, act 1, sc. 1) Comments. Today’s comment is made up of wishes to the thousands of visitors to this Shakespearean site. Along with a short video Read More

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Shakespeare on Women and Roses

“For women are as roses, whose fair flower Being once display’d, doth fall that very hour.” (Twelfth Night, act 2, sc. 4) Tips for Use. The statement suggests a double standard and a trace of ‘macho’ philosophy. You may just use ‘Women are as roses’. But if she is an insufferable lady very full of Read More

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Shakespeare on Middle Age and Flowers for Middle Aged Men

“….Here’s flowers for you; Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram; The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ the sun And with him rises weeping: these are flowers Of middle summer, and I think they are given To men of middle age. You’re very welcome.” (Winter’s Tale.4.4) Tips for Use. In Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets flowers are Read More

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