This is a reblog of a post from one of my favorite sites on Greek Mythology: “La Audacia de Aquiles” by Aquileana. It also includes an Analysis of the Poem ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’ by Robert Frost (Excerpt From Poetic Parfait) that was posted by Christy Birmingham, one of my favorite bloggers. The post is entitled “Flowers and Plants (I)” / Poetry: Frost´s “Nothing Gold Can Stay”, at Poetic Parfait 💫.-
As an avid gardener, it only makes sense that flowers and plants would be associated with Greek gods and goddesses and inspirational poetry. Please enjoy the post!
“Flora” (Goddess of Flowers) by Evelyn De Morgan. 1894.
►Metamorphosis, Life-cycles and Seasons:
One of the most important sources when it comes to Greek Mythology is Ovid´s “Metamorphoses”. According to this account, many times the passage from life to death entails a “metamorphosis”. Characters whether gods/goddesses or humans are transformed into “something else”.
Plants (usually flowers or trees) could be examples of this transformation. The same applies to stars, as many characters are converted to stars and placed among stellar constellations . This mostly happened after their death, as tribute, but even as a sort of exoneration; or even as a punishment. The main God in charge to do so is, of course, Zeus, the Ruler of Gods.
Metamorphosis is a key element in Greek mythology. Zeus had probably the most changes in Greek mythology, and he used different appearances as a way of courting potential lovers. Zeus often took the form…
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