Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Water lillies and Lotus
This description helped me understand better Robert Hayden's poem Monet's Water lillies and helped me improve the poem that I wrote inspired by that, Water lillies in my soul's lake
From wisegeek.com: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-water-lilies.htm
Water lilies are aquatic plants which are frequently found along the edges of ponds, lakes, and streams. They have distinctive large rounded leaves or lily pads, and flowers which can be white, yellow, or pink. In addition to proliferating in the wild, water lilies are also cultivated for personal pleasure gardens and small water pools all over the world. The broad flowers typically have a plethora of almond shaped petals, although no less than six, along with six stamens.
There are over 70 species in the Nympheaceae family, which encompasses water lilies, and they are found widely distributed on many parts of the planet. Water lilies are also very ancient, and appear in numerous examples of art from antiquity, suggesting that they were prized for their beauty thousands of years ago, just as they are today. Water lilies are also religious symbols in many traditions, including Buddhism and Hinduism, and they are commonly associated with enlightenment and resurrection, as many water lilies close up and appear to die at night, reviving in the morning with the sunlight.