Ophelia's Wreath

Ophelia's Wreath

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“There with fantastic garlands did she come of crow flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples…”    Hamlet – Act IV, scene vii

In a society closer to nature than our own, it was easy for Shakespeare to make each flower significant of something and use it for messages or quasi-superstitious purposes. Ophelia’s garland of wild flowers and weeds symbolizes the circumstance of her short life:

Crowflowers – represent her maiden state
Nettles – pain and love spurned
Daisies – a reflection of her beauty
Long purples – the chill of death

Print Details

  • Image Size: 7 1/2” x 7 1/2”
  • Matted Size: 12″ x 12″
  • Edition Size: 300 Signed and Numbered