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The Intelligence of Flowers

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The second of Maeterlinck’s four celebrated nature essays—along with those on the life of the bee, ant, and termite—“The Intelligence of Flowers” (1907) represents his impassioned attempt to popularize scientific knowledge for an international audience. Writing with characteristic eloquence, Maeterlinck asserts that flowers possess the power of thought without knowledge, a ...more
Paperback, 77 pages
Published November 29th 2007 by State University of New York Press (first published 1907)
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A poetic celebration of the "genius" of flowers. Maeterlinck wants to break down the high ridge that separates the animal and plant kingdoms and argues convincingly for a different understanding of intelligence than argument and reason. After reading this book, your own body feels mulchier and more vegetal.
Beautiful essay anthropomorphizing the flowering plants - if it were ever an Oprah book club selection I predict about 100,000 new botany majors overnight. Nicely translated I can only wonder how nice it would be to read it in its original French. By the 1911 winner of the literature Nobel.
Maybe not your thing if you are not into natural history and plants. Most of Maeterlinck's work is available free for kindle on Amazon.
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Maeterlinck n'a pas écrit que sur les insectes mais aussi sur les fleurs et les stratégies intelligentes (ou manquées) et parfois d'une complexité raffinée qu'elles ont développé pour assurer leur reproduction.
Un vrai bonheur de lecture car ces considérations botaniques sont rédigées dans un style suranné et poétique exceptionnel qui font de ces descriptions un récit passionant.
A lire avec Wikipedia pour avoir l'image.
A voir sur le même sujet, the Life of Plants, un documentaire de la BBC signe
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Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard comte Maeterlinck était un poète, traducteur et écrivain flamand d'expression française. Il reçut le prix Prix Nobel de littérature en 1911.

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