The Intelligence of Flowers

The Intelligence of Flowers

Maurice Maeterlinck


A new translation of one among Maeterlinck’s 4 nice nature essays.

“The republication of Maurice Maeterlinck’s ‘The Intelligence of Flowers,’ unfortunately forgotten in our time, is lengthy late. The advent by means of Mosley is itself a gem, and comprises the most effective overviews in print of writings approximately intelligence in Nature.” — Stephen Harrod Buhner, writer of The mystery Teachings of vegetation: The Intelligence of the center within the Direct belief of Nature

The moment of Maeterlinck’s 4 celebrated nature essays—along with these at the lifetime of the bee, ant, and termite—“The Intelligence of plant life” (1907) represents his impassioned try and popularize clinical wisdom for a world viewers. Writing with attribute eloquence, Maeterlinck asserts that plants own the facility of suggestion with no wisdom, a skill that constitutes a sort of intelligence. showing 100 years after the 1st book, Philip Mosley’s new translation of the unique French essay, and the similar essay “Scents,” continues the verve of Maeterlinck’s prose and renders it available to the present-day reader. it is a publication if you happen to are occupied with inventive encounters among literature and technology in addition to present debates at the courting of humankind to the average world.

It will be superfluous to redraw the image of the good platforms of floral fertilization: the play of stamens and pistil, the seductiveness of scents, the attraction of harmonious and awesome colours, the advance of nectar, completely lifeless to the flower, and which it manufactures basically to draw and carry the international liberator, the messenger of affection, bee, bumblebee, fly, butterfly, moth, which needs to convey it the kiss of the far-off, invisible, immobile lover…

We may actually say that principles come to plant life within the comparable approach they arrive to us. flora grope in an analogous darkness, stumble upon an analogous stumbling blocks and an analogous unwell will, within the comparable unknown. They comprehend a similar legislation, related disappointments, related sluggish and tricky triumphs. it sort of feels they've got our endurance, our perseverance, our self-love; an analogous finely tuned and various intelligence, nearly an analogous hopes and an analogous beliefs. Like ourselves, they try opposed to an enormous detached strength that ends by means of assisting them. — from “The Intelligence of Flowers”

“…a splendidly relaxing, insightful and necessary learn … This paintings will be of curiosity to an individual concerned with the amazing technique of the plant global and may expressly attract gardeners and flower growers.” — Huntia

“A infrequent gem, written … in lyrical and obtainable prose.” — The instances Literary Supplement

“…Maeterlinck is a seductive essayist … [and] writes with an analogous intrinsic humility that may be customary to admirers of John Muir, Aldo Leopold, or Mary Oliver.” — The Boston Globe

“That the intelligence of vegetation offers Maeterlinck with a concept riddled with contradictions—mostly due to his metaphoric reasoning—seems less significant than the basic truths of the metaphors unto themselves. hence, ‘The Intelligence of flora’ is fortunately welcome once again, during this centenary reissue.” — San Francisco Chronicle

The Belgian author Maurice Maeterlinck (1862–1949) is remembered most sensible as a pioneer of Symbolist drama within the Eighteen Nineties. Recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911, Maeterlinck was once additionally a prolific and entire essayist.

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