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A blue flower was a central emblem of Romanticism’s inspiration, and it is still a popular theme in Western art today. Desire, love, and the philosophical search for the limitless and unattainable are all represented by this symbol. It represents hope and the beauty of life.

Die blaue Blume is a poem written by Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff (The blue flower). Goethe sought for the “Urpflanze” or “original plant” in Italy, which in some readings may relate to the blue flower, while Adelbert von Chamisso viewed the theme as the heart of Romanticism. In his short story “Nachricht aus den neuesten Schicksalen des Hundes Berganza,” E. T. A. Hoffmann utilized the Blue Flower as a metaphor for Novalis’ poetry and the “holy miracle of nature.”

The Blue Flower, a collection of short tales by Henry Van Dyke, was published in 1902 by Charles Scribner’s Sons. The opening two pieces, “The Blue Flower” and “The Source,” both relate to the blue flower as a symbol of desire and hope, and the subject of the narrator’s search. “The Other Wise Man,” Van Dyke’s most renowned story, is also included in this book.

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In his writings, Walter Benjamin used the image of the blue flower numerous times. For instance, consider the first phrase of his article Dream Kitsch: “The Blue Flower is no longer a part of anyone’s dreams. Heinrich von Ofterdingen, or whomever wakes up today as Heinrich von Ofterdingen, must have slept in.” “The equipment-free aspect of reality has thus become the height of artifice, and the perception of direct actuality the Blue Flower in the realm of technology,” he writes in his Work of Art essay.

C. S. Lewis mentions the “Blue Flower” in his autobiography, Surprised by Joy, while discussing the sentiments of desire that beauty aroused when he was a child of six. He compares it to the German word sehnsucht, and claims that his great desire for the transcendent led him to become a “votary of the Blue Flower.”

The Blue Flower, a historical book by English writer Penelope Fitzgerald, is based on Novalis’ early life. “I used to believe I was a Romantic, constantly seeking for the blue flower,” Bradfield remarks in John le Carré’s 1968 novel A Small Town in Germany (Pan edition, p. 286 ” chap. 17). Substance D, a fictional narcotic featured in Philip K. Dick’s 1977 novel A Scanner Darkly, is made from a blue flowering plant.

In his drama The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams utilized imagery of blue flowers to represent the frailty and individuality of Laura, a key character who parallels the life of Williams’ sister, who had a lobotomy. Laura is nicknamed “Blue Roses” in the play when another character misheard her say “pleurosis.”

Mazzy Star, an alternative rock band, had a hit single with “Blue Flower” off their album She Hangs Brightly in 1990.

The blue flower appears frequently in American author George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novel A Song of Ice and Fire to signify young ladies of the noble House Stark, often with indications of an illicit love affair. At the Tournament of Harrenhal, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen uses blue winter roses to crown Lady Lyanna Stark as the “Queen of Love and Beauty,” bypassing his own wife, Princess Elia of Dorne.

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