Flowers as Metaphors for Love & Heartache

The Shakespearean sonnet is a classic example of using flowers as metaphors for love and heartache. In the poem, the speaker compares his beloved to a summer's day, saying that she is "more lovely and more temperate" than the season. He also compares her to a rose, saying that she has "cheeks more lovely than a rose's." By comparing his beloved to these beautiful flowers, the speaker is expressing his deep love for her.


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Flowers are one of the most beautiful creations on the planet, and they can be found in many different shapes, sizes and colors. 

There are many flower names out there, such as tulips, roses, daisies, daffodils and sunflowers. 

There are also different types of flowers, including annuals and perennials. Annuals last a single season while perennials come back year after year. 

Birth flowers are also popular as a way to celebrate someone’s birthday or special occasion. For example, January’s birth flower is the carnation while May’s birth flower is the lily of the valley. 

Purple flowers are some of the most eye-catching and vibrant blooms around. Some popular purple flowers include lavender, irises, gladiolas and hyacinths. 

Blue flowers have an air of mystery about them that can’t be denied; some popular blue blooms include forget-me-nots, hydrangeas and delphiniums. 

Perennial flowers are great for those who want to enjoy their blooms year after year without having to replant them every season; some examples include peonies, daylilies and black-eyed Susan’s. 

Edible flowers make a great addition to salads or desserts; some examples include pansies, violets and roses (just make sure they haven’t been sprayed with pesticides). 

Flowers in the attic is a popular book series that tells the story of four siblings who become trapped in their grandparents’ home with terrible secrets hidden in the attic – along with an abundance of beautiful flowers! 

Flowers images also bring beauty into our lives; you can find them everywhere from greeting cards to art prints to wallpaper borders. 

Romance and flowers go hand-in-hand; it’s one of those timeless combinations that never grows old! 

Poetry with flowers often uses nature as metaphors for love or heartache – just look at any Shakespeare sonnet for examples of this! 

I hope I’ve given you a better understanding about all things floral – if you have any more questions about everything flowers please don’t hesitate to reach out!

“A little troupe of wanton boys and maids, all dight in flowres of pride and rich array, upon the flowers themselues did tread their way.”EDMUND SPENSER (1552-1599)

– Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) – In his epic poem “The Faerie Queene,” Spenser uses flower metaphors to illustrate beauty and innocence. 
– William Shakespeare (1564-1616) – Shakespeare’s use of flower metaphors is well known; for instance, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream he writes:
“What though the field be lost?/ All is not lost; the unconquerable will/ And study of revenge, immortal hate/ And courage never to submit or yield.” In this passage, he compares a lost battle to a lost flower garden.
– John Donne (1572-1631) – Donne often uses flower metaphors to illustrate spiritual growth and love.
For example, in his poem “The Flea” he writes: “Mark but this flea, and mark in this/How little that which thou deniest me is;/It suck’d me first, and now sucks thee….”
Here he compares a flea’s ability to suck blood from both himself and his beloved as a metaphor for their mutual love.  

Flowers as Metaphors (continued): A Tribute to My Darling Mother

A tribute to my dearest mother,
Loved and cherished like no other,
A life so full of beauty and grace,
Like a garden of wildflowers in bloom, each a unique hue and face.

Dedicated and hardworking every day,
Her love for us never waned or swayed, 
Like the most vibrant petals of a rose, 
Her spirit forever blooms in our hearts, never fully closed. 

Her heart was like a fragrant daisy field, 
No matter what storm clouds life may yield, 
Her wisdom and guidance kept us strong, 
Gentle reminders that we belonged. 

 Her love was like a sunflower's ray, 
Bringing warmth to our hearts' dismay. 
Her laughter like the sweet scent of jasmine perfume, 
Filling our lives with joy and contentment too soon.

 She was an ever-blooming garden of love and care,  
A mother who was always there.  	
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