Rosemary, pansy, fennel, columbines, rue, daisy, violet

Hamlet, [4.5.176-188]. Laertes. “This nothing’s more than matter.” 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 remebrance fitted.” Ophelia. “There’s fennel for you, and columbines. There’s rue for you, and here’s some for me; we may call it herb of grace o’ Sundays. You may wear your rue with a difference. There’s a daisy. I would give you some violets, but they wither’d all when my father died. They say ‘a made a good end — ‘For bonny sweet Robin is all my joy.'”

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Bevington: rosemary (Used as a symbol of remembrance both at wedding and at funerals.) pansy (emblems of love and courtship; perhaps from French pensees.) … fennel (emblem of flattery.) columbines (Emblems of unchastity? or ingratitude?) rue (Emblem of repentance; when mingled with holy water, it was known as herb of grace) … daisy (emblem of dissembling, faithlessness.) violets (emblems of faithfulness).

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  1. Hamlet Rose Mentions « PLANTS Says:

    […] than other plant in Hamlet yet absent from the two passages most dense with plant mentions [in 4.5 and 4.7]; and that it is mentioned only in the abstract (no actual rose appears in the play)… […]

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