An Apology for Flowers

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Mehdi Aghamohammadi (2017)
  • Publisher: Australian International Academic Centre PTY. LTD.
  • Journal: International Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies (issn: 2202-9451)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.7575/aiac.ijclts.v.5n.1p.31
  • Subject: Persian Poetry, Female Sexuality, Flower Symbolism | Language and Literature | P

Prompting critical reflection on the common claim that flowers are always symbolic of female sexuality, the present article intends to explore symbolic roles of flowers in Persian literature and provide examples, mainly from Persian poetry, with the aim of refuting the claim. The writer, in fact, attempts to highlight overshadowed facets of flower symbolism by overshadowing carnal and ignoble readings of it. The reason why Persian literature has come into the focus of this study is that flowers have always had a prominent role in Iranian culture and Persian literature; however, those delving into flower symbolism have never paid due attention to the significance of flowers in Persian literature, otherwise they would have never placed undue emphasis on the sexuality of flowers.
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