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Perdita welcomes guests with rosemary and rue for grace and remembrance; Ariel hides in a cowslip's bell. There is magic in the "little western flower" Oberon uses to cast a spell on Titania, and tragedy in Ophelia's garland and Lear's crown of weeds.

In the witches' brews and love potions, as symbols of gallantry or faith, as seasoning in homely English kitchens, or as ba

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Paperback, 85 pages
Published December 31st 1997 by Johnson Books (first published November 30th 1968)
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Clare O'Beara
I enjoyed this gentle look at the flowers, herbs and weeds Shakespeare knew and incorporated in his poetry and plays. About half the 86 pages are taken up by painstaking colour illustrations of the flowers by American artist Anne Ophelia Dowden.

We learn that despite the line 'a rose by any other name would smell as sweet' the rose has never been called by any other name. Red and white roses symbolised warring houses. Other flowers have changed - the gillyvor is today's carnation or pink, while
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Sep 03, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
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A readable but not exceptional guide to the flowers referred to in Shakespeare's works. It includes quotes and information about the flowers. I recommend it to anyone interested in both flowers and Shakespeare.
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