Monday, May 6, 2013

Shakespeare Garden

A Shakespeare garden cultivates plants mentioned by William Shakespeare. Certainly, we all know Juliet's line in Romeo and Shakespeare, "What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." The line symbolizes the thought that the experience matters more than the word. Juliet loves Romeo. Does it matter that she is a Capulet to Romeo's Montague?

But what of the other flowers mentioned by Shakespeare?

Ophelia: There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray you, love,
remember. And there is pansies, that's for thoughts.
Laertes: A document in madness! Thoughts and remembrance fitted.
Hamlet, Act 4, Scene 5.

Let us celebrate the symbolism of Shakespeare's word, but enjoy the comfort that a chair by Stressless can bring. Oh, what's in a name? Well, Stressless has been making the world's most comfortable recliner since 1971. That is both something to think about, and to remember.

Of the daffodil, that blooms in May, Shakespeare had this to say:
When daffodils begin to peer, With heigh! the doxy over the dale, Why, then comes in the sweet o' the year; For the red blood reigns in the winter's pale.
Winter's Tale, Act 4, Scene 3.

Of the red poppy, that blooms in early summer:
Not poppy, nor mandragora,
Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world,
Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep
Which thou owedst yesterday.
Othello,  Act 3, Scene 3.

More flowers by Shakespeare.

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