Tuesday, 22 April 2014

"T" is for Tulip and Alfred Lord Tennyson

One of my favourite flowers is the tulip in it's many lovely colours.

Tulips were brought to Europe in the 1500s, and were so popular in the Netherlands that they became a form of currency from 1634 to 1637.

In 13th century Persia where they originated, a gift of a yellow or red tulip was considered to be a declaration of love, with it's black centre symbolising a heart burned by passion.

Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) was the British and Irish Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria's reign. He wrote the poem "The Lady of Shallott" which was published in 1833. 

The poem is based on an Arthurian legend and is linked to the 1888 painting by John William Waterhouse:

"...There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she,
The Lady of Shalott..." 

And I'll be posting "U" here tomorrow to continue the A-Z Challenge. 

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