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by Philip Mosley,Maurice Maeterlinck

  • Author: Philip Mosley,Maurice Maeterlinck
  • ISBN: 0791472736
  • ISBN13: 978-0791472736
  • ePub: 1484 kb | FB2: 1220 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Nature & Ecology
  • Publisher: SUNY Press (November 21, 2007)
  • Pages: 106
  • Rating: 4.6/5
  • Votes: 319
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The Intelligence of Flowers ePub download

The republication of Maurice Maeterlinck’s ‘The Intelligence of Flowers,’ regrettably forgotten in our time, is long . Recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911, Maeterlinck was also a prolific and accomplished essayist.

The republication of Maurice Maeterlinck’s ‘The Intelligence of Flowers,’ regrettably forgotten in our time, is long overdue. The introduction by Mosley is itself a gem, and contains one of the best overviews in print of writings about intelligence in Nature. Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature. Philip Mosley is Professor of English, Communications, and Comparative Literature at Penn State University.

The Intelligence of Flowers 2 MAURICE MAETERLINCK. Translated and with an Introduction by Philip Mosley. Maeterlinck’s vague agnostic spirituality. State University of New York Press. The essay on the intelligence of flowers integrates several discourses: science, literature, philosophy, and (rather paradoxically) an earthy mysticism, all skillfully sutured by Maeterlinck’s rhetorical command and fluent style.

The Intelligence of Flowers book . The republication of Maurice Maeterlinck’s ‘The Intelligence of Flowers,’ regrettably forgotten in our time, is long overdue.

That the intelligence of flowers provides Maeterlinck with a theory riddled with contradictions mostly as a result of his metaphoric reasoning seems less important than the fundamental truths of the metaphors unto themselves. As a result, The Intelligence of Flowers is happily welcome once more, in this centenary reissue. San Francisco Chronicle.

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After the writing "The Intelligence of Flowers", he suffered from a period of depression . Works by Maurice Maeterlinck at The Online Books Page.

After the writing "The Intelligence of Flowers", he suffered from a period of depression and writer's block. Although he recovered from this after a year or two, he was never so inventive as a writer again. Marais accused Maeterlinck of having used his concept of the "organic unity" of the termitary in his book.

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The Intelligence of Flowers. Text by Maurice Maeterlinck

The Intelligence of Flowers. Text by Maurice Maeterlinck. Translated by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos. Illustrated by Alvin Langdon Coburn. The frontispiece is a lovely pictorialist photograph of lily pond; the second shows light playing off flowers in a planter at the corner of a stone walkway; the third is a perspective view of garden statuary and sculpted trees; and the final image features a large architectural tombstone. In 1915 Coburn photographed the handsome Maeterlinck for his series of notable men. Light wear to board edges and corners. Gold lettering along the spine still bright.

A new translation of one of Maeterlinck’s four great nature essays.
Uanabimo
Not mesmerizing, but certainly food for thought. A nice read for gardeners or anyone investigating synchronicity.
Katius
This was bought as a gift , after months of searching for this book in local stores, this was a great find and a perfect price.
Anarius
This is a translation into English of an essay published in French in 1907. The author was a Dutch (following genetics) born in Belgium who wrote in French: Maurice Maeterlinck. In 1911 he was awarded the Nobel prize for literature not only for his essays of scientific divulgation, but also for his symbolist plays and poetry. Debussy turned into music a play by him. With the perspective of modern science, this short essay has some drawbacks, starting from the title. Is intelligence a property of every animal and even of plants or only of human beings, as Aristotle (Metaphysics) observed and many scientists still think? This is a case of antropomorphism, that I criticized in my Saggi di gnoseologia (chapter 2, 2014) along with another bias: naturalization of the human. This particularly applies to whom speaks in man of language instinct, considering totally innate language and consciousness, or to whom speaks of ethical behaviour in animals. Maeterlinck is only wrong with language. Besides, the idea that the Earth is a living organism (pp. 57 e 61) may be a marvelous metaphor, but not a reality ascertainable as true. When he compares flowers with animals in the sensory equipment, he is not clear in specifying which sense flowers lack (touch?) and which senses they have (p. 59). But he is a deep knower of the scientific works of Linneus and Darwin, who studied the orchid, a symbol of peace for the Romans. About flowers, Linneus said: mariti et uxores uno eodemque thalamo gaudent ("husband and wives share one bed happily"; p. 19). The male stamen and the female pistil are inside the same flower. Its centre is surrounded by a garland with a corolla (in Latin parva corona, little crown). Attracted by the nectar, insects play a function in flower fertilization, as the macroglossum stellatarum (a species of butterfly) described by Guido Gozzano shows (Poema entomologico, 1914). Fertilization must be distinguished from dissemination, which is done also by the wind. Usually plants reproduce sexually. The pollen in the male stamen of a plant must be carried in the female pistil of another plant of the same species. Most plants are classificable according to gender, which is a natural dicotomy. Who does fertilization and dissemination? Bats, birds and wind are involved in this process of co-evolution.. The well-qualified scientific knowledge and clearness as writer of the biologist Richard Dawkins will help the curious reader (The greatest show on Earth, 2009, chapter 3).
Kalrajas
The publication of a new English translation of one of the works of the neglected Maurice Maeterlinck is most welcome. After his early symbolist plays, Maeterlinck was at his best at natural history, and this is my favourite among his works in this field, if only because I find flowers more attractive than insects. The argument of the book is that plants (trees and flowers) show such ingenious adaptation to their environment and such skill in self-propagation that one must suppose a superior intelligence diffused throughout the natural world. Andre Gide mocked Maeterlinck for being less intelligent than his flowers, and (as usual when he tried to be a philosopher) the general ideas are neither clearly expressed nor forcibly argued. The strength of the book is rather in its descriptions of plants, which combine precision, vividness and poetry. The poet Edward Thomas (as good a judge as anyone in this field) said that Maeterlinck's descriptions of the natural world were the best since John Ruskin's.
This new edition is preceded by a fascinating introduction that brings out well the continuing relevance of Maeterlinck's ideas. The only caveat I would mention is that Maeterlinck's highly literary, mellifluous prose sounds dated today, and is best in the original French. This small book of 77 pages seems over-priced, but it is handsomely produced.
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