Flora Poetica: The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse
Random House, 11.01.2011 - 384 Seiten
This beautiful anthology brings together over 250 poems about flowers, plants and trees from eight centuries of writing in English, creating a rich bouquet of intriguing juxtapositions. Fourteenth-century lyrics sit next to poems of the twenty-first century; celebrations of plants native to the English soil share the volume with more exotic plant poetry.
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... solitary blooms, noxious weeds and odd bits of twig. I have a very clear memory of travelling home from work absolutely exhausted one evening during those early weeks of gardening, and suddenly realising I now lived in a completely ...
The 'Language of flowers' — sending secret messages through the code of different blooms — was a Victorian obsession, and poetry about flowers was popular too. Much of it makes sickly reading nowadays, and I've tried to choose poems ...
... is happiest when secluded away from those who desire to 'mar thy beauty in a wanton hour'; whereas in 'Autumn Violets', composed two decades later (1868), she despairs when the flowers come into bloom too late and out of season.
... and Denise Levertov refers to 'Brother Ivy' in generous, fraternal terms — but these are scant examples to set against the centuries of men poets comparing us to fragile blooms. Maybe I missed something (and, like all anthologists, ...
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