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date: 16 October 2019

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This article examines metaphorical and real flowers in medieval English verses, focusing on William Dunbar's poem To a Lady. It analyses in detail flowers in a selection of lyrics to show how familiar tropes and typical passages contain elements of the material world rather than just in literary conception. It shows that words and images slide across the boundary between real and symbolic, so much so that we might question how much there is indeed a boundary.

Keywords: flowers, English verses, medieval verses, William Dunbar, To a Lady, literary conception

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