Archive for February, 2007

Plants In Romeo and Juliet

February 26, 2007

Dates: [4.4.1-2]. Fennel: buds of [1.2.26-30]. Hazelnut: as chariot [1.4.53-71], [3.1.16-24]. Mandrake: [4.3.45-54]. Medlar: [2.1.33-36]. Pear: [2.1.37-38]. Pomegranate: [3.5.1-5]. Quince: [4.4.1-2]. Sycamore: [1.1.121-126]. Rose: [2.2.43-44]; [4.1.99-101]; old cakes of [5.1.37-52]. Rosemary: [2.4.212-219]; [4.5.80-84]. Wormwood: [1.3.24-32]. Yew: [5.5.1-9 & 137].

General References: Bud, leaves [1.1.150-156]; flower [1.3.77-78]; trees [2.1.30-32]; bud and flower [2.2.121-122]; weeds, osier, flowers [2.3.5-8]; plants [2.3.15-22]; plant, flower [2.3.23-30]; flower [2.4.61-64]; flower of courtesy [2.5.40-44]; flow’ring face [3.2.73-77]; flower [4.5.27-29]; flower, deflower [4.5.35-38]; bridal flowers for corse [4.5.87-90]; simples, seeds, and “weeds” [5.1.37-52]; flowers [5.5.1-9 et al.].

Plants in Antony and Cleopatra

February 22, 2007

Figs: long life better than [1.2.32-35]; three Act V mentions;

Grape: [2.7.19-144], [5.2.337-339].

Mandrake: mandragora as sleeping potion, [1.5.3-7].

Myrtle: [3.12.9-12],

Olive: peace symbol, [4.6.5-7];

Onion: tears living in [1.2.183-186];

Pine: [4.12.1-4]; [4.12.26];

Reed: [2.7.11-13].

Rose: of youth [3.13.25-30]; blown rose, [3.13.45-47];

Vine: [2.7.19-144]:

Weeds: when our quick minds lie still [1.2.121-123];

Wheat: “measures of wheat to Rome,” [2.6.45];

General References: berry, hedge, bark and trees [1.4.68-73]; “flower-soft”, [2.2.255-259]; flowers, [4.14.63-64]; ill-rooted plants, [2.7.1-3]; grain [2.7.22-24]; garland [1.2.5.] and [3.1.12], [4.15.74-76]; trees, [3.6.57-59], [4.14.3-10];

Figs In Act V

February 22, 2007

Anthony and Cleopatra [5.2.288-290]. Guard. “Here is a rural fellow/ That will not be denied your Highness’ presence./ He brings you figs.”

[5.2.410-11] “Who was last with them?” 1. Guard. “A simple countryman, that brought her figs./ This was his basket.”

[5.2.427]. 1.Guard. “This is an aspic’s trail; and these fig leaves/ Have slime upon them, such as the aspic leaves/ Upon the caves of Nile.”

Egypt’s Grape

February 22, 2007

Antony and Cleopatra, [5.2.337-339], Cleo.. “Give me my robe, put on my crown. I have/ Immortal longings in me. Now no more/ The juice of Egypt’s grape shall moist this lip.”

Garland

February 22, 2007

Antony and Cleopatra, [4.15.74-76]. “The crown o’ the earth doth melt. My Lord!/ O withere is the garland of the war,/ The soldier’s pole is fall’n!”