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Pomp and Pansies
Pomp and Pansies
The pansy’s name is French “pensee” which translate to thought. In the 15th century it was imported to the English and was called Viola. The pansy’s appearance and name made it a symbol of “freethought” and has been for some time. It is a philosophical perspective that states that one’s opinions should be based on logic and science and is void of emotion, convention and authority. If you subscribe to this viewpoint you are known as a “free thinker”. The pansy makes an appearance in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. The character Ophelia is depicted as having pansies interlaced in her hair, sewn in her gown, and in-hand with a bouquet. The flower symbolism associated with the pansy is also merriment and you occupy my thoughts. The pansy is also considered a flower of remembrance, togetherness and union. Pansies help evoke fond memories of our loved ones. It is believed if a pansy is placed over someone’s eyes while sleeping, upon waking that person will fall in love with the first person to appear.
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