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New in Scholarly Papers for Comments: “Catananche caerulea – A New Identification of the Love Potion Flower in A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0271  Tuesday, 26 June 2012

 

From:        Hardy M. Cook < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Subject:     New in Scholarly Papers for Comments: “Catananche caerulea – A New Identification of the Love Potion Flower in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

As a service to its members, SHAKSPER makes selected papers for which the author would like comments available for a time on the SHAKSPER server at the Scholarly Papers for Comments section: http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/scholarly-papers-for-comments

 

The following essay has just been uploaded to the Scholarly Papers for Comments section of the web site: “Catananche caerulea – A New Identification of the Love Potion Flower in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  By J.D. Markel < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >.

 

ABSTRACT: This essay asserts that the aphrodisiac plant in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, heretofore identified as Viola tricolor, is actually Catananche caerulea, commonly known as Cupid’s dart.  Additionally, this essay argues the flower that grows from the blood of Adonis in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, heretofore identified as an anemone, is also Catananche caerulea It is further argued that the flower that grows from the blood of Adonis in Shakespeare’s poem Venus and Adonis, usually identified as an anemone, is actually Viola tricolor.

 

You should send your comments directly to the author J.D. Markel < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >; or if you wish, you may start a thread through the normal SHAKSPER channels by sending it to the list at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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