Literary Flowers is a book of poems by Garden Urthark devoted to exploring the literary rather than discursive meanings of things. More
Although I knew various flowers by name, mainly from poems and novels, I did not know the same flowers in real life, so to speak. I knew what a rose looked like, certainly, but I was much less certain about the appearance of a lily.
Encouraged toward a literary perspective on reality by the literary criticism and theory of Northrop Frye, then a world-famous critic and scholar, whose idea of turning the art of literary criticism into a science, though completely rejected by now, made a good deal of sense to me, I made extensive use of rhyme in Literary Flowers, a book of poems, rhyme being a mode of expression generally rejected by 20th and 21st century authors, perhaps because of its artificiality; it appealed to me because of its artificiality.
Most of what I knew of the real world was not what I in my wildest dreams would have wished for as reality. The real world was a place of frustration, injustice, outright falsehood, and hypocrisy to me, and thus no less artificial and reasonless than rhyme must have seemed, and still seem, to any of its detractors. I therefore liked and embraced rhyme all the more.
In Literary Flowers, I also made highly self-conscious use of symbols Frye called archetypes that, though most easily seen as the basic organizational units of myth, could also be seen as the basic building blocks of all imaginative literature.
In the story of the tragic, early death of Adonis, who is later reborn as a flower, for example, whatever meaning a flower might have outside mythology, we can recognize that the pattern of rebirth after death in the myth of Adonis is very similar in shape to the pattern of resurrection after death in the myth of Christ.
So there you have it, a book that, though seeming to favor literature over life, continues to stand in quiet reverence, even awe, before the mysteries of the word.