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Daemon
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Flowers...are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
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Daemon wrote:
Flowers...are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)



Ralph Waldo Emerson. (1803–1882). Essays and English Traits.

The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.

Essays

XIII. Gifts

1844



Gifts of one who loved me,—
’Twas high time they came;
When he ceased to love me,
Time they stopped for shame.

IT is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay, and ought to go into chancery, and be sold. I do not think this general insolvency, which involves in some sort all the population, to be the reason of the difficulty experienced at Christmas and New Year, and other times, in bestowing gifts; since it is always so pleasant to be generous, though very vexatious to pay debts. But the impediment lies in the choosing. If, at any time, it comes into my head, that a present is due from me to somebody, I am puzzled what to give, until the opportunity is gone. Flowers and fruits are always fit presents; flowers, because they are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. These gay natures contrast with the somewhat stern countenance of ordinary nature: they are like music heard out of a work-house. Nature does not cocker us; we are children, not pets. She is not fond; everything is dealt to us without fear or favor, after severe universal laws. Yet these delicate flowers look like the frolic and interference of love and beauty. Men use to tell us that we love flattery, even though we are not deceived by it, because it shows that we are of importance enough to be courted. Something like that pleasure, the flowers give us: what am I to whom these sweet hints are addressed? Fruits are acceptable gifts, because they are the flower of commodities, and admit of fantastic values being attached to them. If a man should send to me to come a hundred miles to visit him, and should set before me a basket of fine summer-fruit, I should think there was some proportion between the labor and the reward.



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MTC
Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 8:20:01 AM
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Emerson should be nominated the Patron Saint of FTD (Florist's Transworld Delivery.) By the way, TFD--not FTD--has an acronym meaning finder.

We are back to the Romantics and Wordsworth with this quotation, Beauty over Utility, Nature the Teacher, etc. Remember the last few lines in "The Daffodils:"

They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
Christine
Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 8:59:22 AM
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MTC wrote:
Emerson should be nominated the Patron Saint of FTD (Florist's Transworld Delivery.) By the way, TFD--not FTD--has an acronym meaning finder.

We are back to the Romantics and Wordsworth with this quotation, Beauty over Utility, Nature the Teacher, etc. Remember the last few lines in "The Daffodils:"

They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.


I love "The Daffodils"!

"Daffodils" (1804)

I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the Milky Way,

They stretch'd in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 4:58:00 PM

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The creative process...

Daffodils
silver
Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 11:52:53 PM
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I love it. If only he could see the high tech society in which we live today....
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Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 12:58:38 AM
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This one short line encapsulates the central struggle and tragedy of the play -and, to a certain extent, the nature of language as well.

Juliet:
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."

Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
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Marissa La Faye Isolde
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Daffodils should be sent to heal unrequited love.
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