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History of Romantic Flowers
Language of Flowers
Diamonds might be forever, but the red rose’s significance of love is much older than that of diamonds. And while a red rose bouquet now plays a critical role in Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and marriage proposals, it is also the ultimate “just because” gift to express romantic love.
It’s probably safe to say there’s no more prevalent or enduring symbol of love and beauty in Western art and literature than red roses. Renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns compared his love to one. Alice in Wonderland’s playing cards nearly lost their heads over them. Red roses crop up frequently in classical paintings, contemporary films and everywhere in between.
The red rose began its illustrious symbolic history in Greek and Roman iconography, where it was tied to Aphrodite, or Venus, the goddess of love. Later, in early Christian times it became associated with the virtue of Virgin Mary. By the time Shakespeare rolled around it had already become a poetic standard that he, and later Gertrude Stein both famously played with. But through all its ins and outs and long, storied history, the red rose still reigns as the ultimate symbol of passionate affection.
Emily Arndt, Class of 2013, Dickinson College
The language of flowers, also known as floriography, is the expression of messages and emotions through flowers. Meaning has been attributed to flowers for thousands of years, and some form of floriography has been practiced in many countries throughout Europe and Asia: Greece, Italy, China, India, and Turkey, among others. The language of flowers was also found in ancient mythologies, folklore, and even within William Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays. This unique “language” resurfaced widely throughout Europe during the eighteenth century and was especially popular during the Victorian era. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, a British writer, is often credited with bringing the language of flowers to England.
Flowers have been popular gifts throughout history, since they are seen as beautiful and elegant, and they are often described as reminders of the fragility of life. They appear as powerful symbols of human emotions from prom nights to weddings to funerals. While love poems and letters are ways that lovers express their emotions in words, some believe that flowers are more directly expressive than words can ever be. The number of sentiments expressed in a natural bouquet has been described by some as able to surpass human language. Even the smallest details in a bouquet can hold meaning, from the number of blooms, to their species, to their color, and even the position of the flowers within the bouquet or vase. For example, a single flower presented with the bloom facing the receiver means something very different than if the same flower is presented stem-first. Flowers placed on certain parts of the human body may signify that this particular body-part is injured, disabled, or troubled in some way.
Flowers have also been considered an ideal means of communication because they can symbolize secret (or hidden) messages, coded signals intended only for the recipient, usually the object of the giver’s love. Indeed, such messages are most often about romantic love or powerful passion. Over time, the meanings of some flowers have changed, and such meanings may also vary from culture to culture. Such meanings of flowers are still considered today when a person goes flower shopping whether for a teenage crush, a thirty-year spouse, or a family member who is mourning the death of an close loved one. For example, a large bouquet of long-stemmed red roses symbolizes one person’s deep love for another, while vibrant white lilies may still be delivered to bereaved family members. Red roses are still commonly exchanged on Valentine’s Day and anniversaries, four-leafed clovers are sought for good luck, and a large seasonal bouquet is always a perfect house-warming gift to commemorate a particular time of year or a geographical location.A book considered important to the development of the language of flowers is–appropriately–The Language of Flowers, a physically tiny volume translated from the French and published in 1852. The Preface begins: