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Shakespeare's Flowers

By (author) Jessica Kerr
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Prentice Hall Europe (a Pearson Education company), London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Prentice Hall Press
Published: 31st Aug 1969
Dimensions: w 170mm h 220mm
Interest age: From 8 To 12
ISBN-10: 0582152569
ISBN-13: 9780582152564
Barcode No: 9780582152564

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A duet of words and pictures about the flower-power in Shakespeare's plays that misses the beat because it adheres to letter and not to spirit where spirit is all... The drawings are one-dimensional botany-book types, insipidly authentic, never buoyant or bright. What defeats the text is its didactic tenor, so self-consciously documentary as to void the imagery of its magic; and the old biographical cliches (about Shakespeare in Stratford and Anne Hathaway) are dismaying in the midst of Well-researched natural history. There are grace notes here and there - well-chosen quotations that stand up even out of context, etymological details, and such oddments as the fact that the rosemary stem was used in making of lute strings. Most meaningful if you've read the plays - but then so much is superfluous... (Kirkus Reviews)