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Virginia Woolf, Europe, and PeaceVol. 2 Aesthetics and Theory$
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Peter Adkins and Derek Ryan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781949979374

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781949979374.001.0001

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Thoughts on Flowering in an Air Raid

Thoughts on Flowering in an Air Raid

Apples and Poppies—Alive, Alive Oh!

(p.189) Chapter Twelve Thoughts on Flowering in an Air Raid
Virginia Woolf, Europe, and Peace

Elisa Kay Sparks

Liverpool University Press

This chapter brings to light how Woolf’s work transitions from treating flowers as representational emblems to deploying them as complex metonymical chains of self-deconstructing, proliferating, and reconstructed scenes of meaning. Drawing attention to the extensive botanical references to apples and to poppies throughout the breadth of Woolf’s oeuvre as examples of the complexity of her vegetal vocabulary, especially as it relates to attitudes towards peace on the eve of war and life in the face of invading death, this chapter suggests we find a Woolf whose view of the natural word was central to her ideas of war and peace.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Flowers, Fruit, Botany, Remembrance, Metaphor

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