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On Narcissus , Daffodils

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As one of the first flowers to bloom during the harsh but hopeful transition from wintertime to the spring, daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings. Daffodils, or the Narcissus plant, is the birth flower for both March and December.

Daffodils were used in Ancient times as a healing remedy for various ailments including cancer. Cancer societies across the world use daffodils as a symbol for hope.

http://www.cancer.org/myacs/newengland/areahighlights/daffodils-arrive-the-first-week-of-spring

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Van Gough’s Undergrowth with Two Figures

Daffodils also symbolize :

good luck & fortune in Eastern culture

vanity, or self love

(as seen in the myth of Narcissus in Metamorphosis by Ovid

http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Latin/Metamorph3.htm#_Toc64106190 )

Sigmund Freud’s On Narcissism:  http://www.sakkyndig.com/psykologi/artvit/freud1925.pdf

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Dali’s Metamorphosis of Narcissus

fertility, birth & death

(Proserpina was kidnapped by Pluto while picking narcissi http://www.bartleby.com/82/29.html )

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John William Waterhouse “Spring Spreads one Green Lap of Flowers”

Daffodils by William Wordsworth 1804

I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretch’d in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: –
A poet could not but be gay
In such a jocund company!
I gazed – and gazed – but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought.

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.

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