Snowdrops: February’s Prophetic Fair Maiden

February 12, 2015

Blanzifiore (Snowdrops) by Dante Gabriet Rossetti, 1880.  Source: Wikiart

Blanzifiore (Snowdrops) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1880. Source: Wikiart

The Snowdrop
by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid,
Ever as of old time,
Solitary firstling,
Coming in the cold time,
Prophet of the gay time,
Prophet of the May time,
Prophet of the roses,
Many, many welcomes,
February fair maid!

Leaf-nested snowdrops

Leaf-nested snowdrops

Chaste snowdrops

Chaste snowdrops

Watercolor sketches of snowdrops

Watercolor sketches of snowdrops

Watercolor sketch of snowdrops in a vase

Watercolor sketch of snowdrops in a vase

 

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5 Responses to “Snowdrops: February’s Prophetic Fair Maiden”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    “Leaf-nested” is a perfect phrase. And the sketch of them in a vase is lovely. We’re back to cold(er), and it’s a little distressing. I’d love to see some wildflowers blooming. Surely it won’t be long!

    • Rosemary Says:

      I stole “leaf-nested” from Christina Rossetti in her poem “Another Spring.” She mentions “leaf-nested primrose.”

  2. Adrienne Says:

    I must wait at least another month before I see my snowdrops.

  3. Elisa Says:

    ooo i remember your discussion about getting the snowdrops due to the white and the shading making them not as they are and this one with the blue background is wonderful! I like how you are working with the light and the dark and such a stark white object.


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