10 Roses in Literature (Shakespeare)

Today I am combining roses in literature with #ShakespeareSunday the theme for today is Love & Controversy!

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The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

I chose ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ because of it’s controversy of how women were expected to behave. Some scholars even believe that in this play Shakespeare was actually championing women’s rights.

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The play begins with several men wooing the beautiful Bianca, the daughter of a rich merchant Baptista. However, he will not allow his youngest daughter to marry until his eldest daughter Katherine with a sharp tongue, and aggressive behaviour is married off first. Petruccio comes along rising to the challenge to ‘Tame the Shrew’.

In the end it is not the meek and beautiful Bianca who bows to her husbands bidding but the transformed Katherine.

Click HERE to read a wonderful article featured some time ago in The Guardian where several people including actors read the play very differently.

Petruccio meets Katherine

This clip was taken from an American TV Series Moonlighting staring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd. It is a fun version of the meeting of Petruccio with Katherine and throws in a few parodies from other movies.

Katherine’s Final Speech

This is Katherin’e final speech taken from the movie staring Elizabeth Taylor as a very convincing Katherine and Richard Burton as Petruccio.

‘I am asham’d that women are so simple
To offer war where they should kneel for peace,
Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway,
When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.’

I really enjoy Shakespeare Sunday and I am finding a great love for the works of this wonderful classical author. Thank you for stopping by hope you enjoy these post too.




Children of the Streets Series by Maria Gibbs

Oh my Goodness what GREAT NEWS, we cannot wait for the release of Book 2 in the series ‘Children from the Streets’ by my wonderful Indie Author friend Maria Gibbs. You really MUST read Book 1 in readiness (if you have not already) ‘A Boy from the Streets’. These books are inspired by true life events.

What are you waiting for GO, check out Maria’s Blog. #SundayBlogShare very HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.



Over two years ago I was doing research for a book series that I was working on at the time. One of my main characters was going to Afghanistan as a foreign correspondent and although I didn’t want to focus in any depth on what was happening there I did want to get a flavour of what life would be like for a foreign correspondent.

I bought and read Christina Lamb’s book “Small Wars Permitting: Despatches from Foreign Lands.” I didn’t only read about Afghanistan but she also revealed about her time in Brazil. I read about children who lived on the streets, hundreds of thousands of them, and they were treated like vermin. People stepped over these bundles which held human life as though they were unimportant. What the were, though was an embarrassment to the authorities and a major inconvenience to local businesses. My blood ran cold when…

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#FolkloreThursday 07 The Gods

Leda and the Swan

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Leda & the Swan By Cesare da Sesto c. 1515-1520

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci click image below for more info.


Today’s #FolkloreThursday is all about the Gods. There are so many wonderful stories involving the Gods in myths and legends but Leda and the Swan is one of my favourites.

Leda was a mere mortal, seduced by the God Zeus whilst he was in the form of a majestic swan; she is said to have laid two eggs from which were born four children.

In the first egg came the children of Zeus they were Helen (who famously became known as Helen of Troy), and Pollux.

In the second egg were the children of Leda’s mortal husband Tyndareus King of Sparta  these children were Clytemnestra, and Castor. The boys were often known as the Dioscuri twins who became Demi-Gods. It was after Castor died that Pollux asked Zeus if he could share his immortality with his twin, they were transformed into the constellation Gemini. For more info click HERE.

I love this story because it all links in with Helen of Troy and so many other wonderful heroes and legends, some of which are mentioned in my book below.

Lost Love in Spring.

This is a short heartfelt story that includes an A~Z of Herbal Remedies but you can also find a few myths and legends in there about the plants. One such plant is Elecampane ~ Inula Helenium (Helen’s Tears) Click HERE to peek inside the book on amazon or click the image below to read the story right here on the blog (Opens in a new tab).

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09 Roses in Literature (Shakespeare)

Roses In Literature this time from Shakespeare

As I have already done a blog post on #ShakespeareSunday this will be brief as I discovered in the previous post that Titania’s speech also mentioned the rose. I just could not resist sharing this as a ‘Roses & Literature’ post.

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To find out more about this scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream visit my previous post by clicking the image below.

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#ShakespeareSunday Earth, Water, Air & Fire

Happy Sunday today’s theme for #ShakespeareSunday is Earth, Water, Air & Fire and I’ve chosen a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream written 1595/96. Titania vs Oberon, the beautiful illustration below is by Arthur Rackham circa 1910 (Click the image to enlarge).

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

In the scene I have chosen Queen of the Fairies Titania bumps into King Oberon in a glade near Athens close to where Theseus and Hippolyta are to be married. They argue because Titania believes Oberon loves Hippolyta and wants to bless their marriage. They go on to argue about the changling child Titania has taken,  whom Oberon wants. She accuses him of spoiling their fun ‘with thy brawls thou hast disturb’d our sport.’ Then he storms off. More details can be found online I used SparkNotes click HERE.

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The clip is from the 2002 version starring Michelle Pfeiffer as Titania and Rupert Everett as Oberon.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

These are the forgeries of jealousy:
And never, since the middle summer’s spring,
Met we on hill, in dale, forest or mead,
By paved fountain or by rushy brook,
Or in the beached margent of the sea,
To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind,
But with thy brawls thou hast disturb’d our sport.
Therefore the winds, piping to us in vain,
As in revenge, have suck’d up from the sea
Contagious fogs; which falling in the land
Have every pelting river made so proud
That they have overborne their continents:
The ox hath therefore stretch’d his yoke in vain,
The ploughman lost his sweat, and the green corn
Hath rotted ere his youth attain’d a beard;
The fold stands empty in the drowned field,
And crows are fatted with the murrion flock;
The nine men’s morris is fill’d up with mud,
And the quaint mazes in the wanton green
For lack of tread are undistinguishable:
The human mortals want their winter here;
No night is now with hymn or carol blest:
Therefore the moon, the governess of floods,
Pale in her anger, washes all the air,
That rheumatic diseases do abound:
And thorough this distemperature we see
The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts
Far in the fresh lap of the crimson rose,
And on old Hiems’ thin and icy crown
An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds
Is, as in mockery, set: the spring, the summer,
The childing autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries, and the mazed world,
By their increase, now knows not which is which:
And this same progeny of evils comes
From our debate, from our dissension;
We are their parents and original.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is my favourite Shakespeare Play I have seen it performed in many different theatres and formats. My favourite has got to be when I saw a late night performance in the open air of the beautiful surroundings of Ludlow Castle, Shropshire UK. Check out some of the copyrighted images by Photo Stage click HERE.

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#NaPoWriMo Day 30

#NaPoWriMo Day 30 well today is the final day of the month but being a day behind everyone else I will try do two poems today. All prompts from NaPo website HERE.

Prompt write a poem based on the Plath Poetry Project’s calendar. Simply pick a poem from the calendar, and then write a poem that responds or engages with your chosen Plath poem in some way.

Plath Prompts

Megan says: Write a poem that includes the Latin name for a flower.

Leenie says: Try out some of those wicked Plath end-rhymes. Because “sticks” and “walks” definitely rhyme.

My inspiration came from April 5th 1962 when Sylvia Plath wrote a poem ‘Among the Narcissi’ to a sick friend. I twisted this around to turn the plant into the healing aid. Sylvia’s poem is at the end of the page. Or click HERE for more info

Achillea Millfolium – Yarrow

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Among the Narcissi by Sylvia Plath

Spry, wry, and gray as these March sticks,
Percy bows, in his blue peajacket, among the narcissi.
He is recuperating from something on the lung.

The narcissi, too, are bowing to some big thing :
It rattles their stars on the green hill where Percy
Nurses the hardship of his stitches, and walks and walks.

There is a dignity to this; there is a formality-
The flowers vivid as bandages, and the man mending.
They bow and stand : they suffer such attacks!

And the octogenarian loves the little flocks.
He is quite blue; the terrible wind tries his breathing.
The narcissi look up like children, quickly and whitely.

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#NaPoWriMo Day 29

#NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 29

Draft a prose poem in the form/style of a postcard. If you need some inspiration, why not check out some images of vintage postcards?

Wish You Were Here.


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Well this postcard brought me some happy childhood memories of building sandcastles at the seaside. do you have a favourite childhood memory?

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