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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It was pleasure. I loved the sound of these strange words, their Latinate abstractions, the sense of order they implied. One of the things that kept me sane during freezing hours of mind-numbing tasks was reciting a litany of Introduction.
This passion for all things botanical can be traced back to one man: the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus (1707–78). Linnaeus cleverly synthesised developments which had been taking place in the study of plants during the seventeenth and ...
... erotic poem, 'The Lily Bed', and Kathleen Jamie's beautifully sensual Scots lyric, 'Speirin' ('Proposal') is an invitation to a man to 'whummel' (tumble) in the dusty bluebell woods, but this isn't quite the same thing.
'No ideas but in Things', wrote William Carlos Williams, and 'Go in fear of abstractions' commanded Ezra Pound and, by and large throughout the last century, we did. It's Modernism's insistence of the primacy of the object in the poem ...
... and nine she-camel-hairs aid memory. Worthy of Imami, the Persian — clinging to a stiffer stalk was a little dry thing from the grass, in the shape of a Maltese cross, retiringly formal as if to say: 'And there was I like a.