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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... Botswana Jack Mapanje Thorn Trees Basil du Toit Beans in Blossom John Clare About the Tamarind Lorna Goodison 'There Is a Flower That Bees Prefer'  Emily Dickinson To a Red Clover Blossom John Clare Whinlands Seamus Heaney ...
... the late eighteenth century either already had symbolic value, such as the noble associations of Mildmay Fane's bay trees; are symbolically interchangeable, like Herrick's diverse blossoms; or are chosen for a detail which enables ...
The association between women and blossoms may seem rather pretty and harmless, but flowers, as many of the poets in this anthology repeatedly tell us, are decorative and silent and have no function once they've faded.
The blossoms of the jacaranda tree explode when trodden underfoot, and it's this sound that two African poets employ to comment on episodes of political violence: the South African poet, Lionel Abrahams, refers to the atrocities ...
... and the Latin unio, meaning oneness — organism of obfuscation and trumpery whose lavender blossoms deftly belie the flagrant acidic breath that draws us now, step-by-step, up from the river's bank to its grassy open bed.