Quotation #2 – Heaven in a Wild Flower

Recently discovered and already one of my favourite bloggers, Cosme of BCLPhotography – great posts and great photography, if you don’t know his blog you really should – has invited me to join an interesting new challenge, posting a favourite quotation over 3 consecutive days and inviting 3 other bloggers each day to join in. Thanks for inviting me Cosme!

My second quotation is the first part of the famous poem by the extraordinary visionary William Blake. Having spent so much time reading novels I freely admit to having little knowledge of poetry and up until quite recently not too much appreciation of a good deal of it apart from Shakespeare. I find I’m becoming more and more interested however and these first few lines from Blake’s ‘Auguries of Innocence’ have stuck with me since I first heard them, I find the words and the ideas they express so incredibly beautiful.

To see a World in a Grain of Sand,

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your Hand,

And Eternity in an Hour

Hands and tiny flower 9

Thanks to Mr H for the loan of the hands!

For my three nominations – there is no obligation to join in, I know a lot of people just don’t have the time, but it’s nice to have an excuse to mention some of my favourite blogs whether they’re able to participate or not!

daysandmonths –  Kaz is another recently discovered blogging acquaintance whose lovely photography of her Australian homeland I really like.

theartofquotation – Douglas Moore is probably already known to many people for his wonderful art blog moorezart but he also runs this excellent blog full of inspiring art quotations from all genres of the arts.

shpics – I know my 3rd nominee won’t be able to join in because he’s away for a while but this is a  blog to check out if you don’t know it already, great photography and a wicked sense of humour.

For the participants the rules are simple – just post a favourite quote over 3 days, mentioning the nominator 🙂  and nominating 3 other bloggers to participate – have fun!


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20 Comments Add yours

  1. kazg10 says:

    Thank you Jane for the mention. Lovely quote and I quite like the strength of your photo. Those strong hands and that small delicate flower together speaks volumes 🙂


    1. Thank you Kaz, I’m glad you like it and hope you don’t mind me nominating you! Doesn’t matter if you can’t do it but have fun with it if you decide to join in!

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  2. Grace says:

    You hit a home run again with this quote, Jane. I love William Blake’s poetry and your photo is the perfect accompaniment.

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    1. Thank you Grace! I’m pleased it struck a chord with you, these four lines say so very much I almost feel he didn’t need the rest of the poem! I’m sure that’s a terrible thing to say to a poetry lover!


  3. Sue says:

    I love those lines, and I liked your accompanying photo. 😀

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    1. Thank you Sue! I confess I struggled to decide which version of the photo to use, this is rather dark but it shows the flower up well and it was kind of the effect of contrasts that I wanted!

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      1. Sue says:

        Works for me!

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  4. Ellie-Dee says:

    That is such a great quote, Jane, perfectly fitting your beautiful photograph. I go through spells of trying to read poetry, without too much success I’m afraid! William Blake could certainly tempt me to persevere though 🙂

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    1. Thank you Ellie! Really pleased you like the photo too! I’ve been waiting until the last one but I’m going to nominate you, Grace and Jane in this evening’s post – doesn’t matter at all if you don’t have the time or inclination to join in but thought I could at least mention MonochromeMuse that way!

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      1. Ellie-Dee says:

        That’s spooky, I’ve actually got a photo with a quote ready and waiting in drafts on the Miss Ellie Dee blog! I think it might convert to black and white quite will too so I could cross post (reblog) it to The Monochrome Muse. Look forward to your post this evening. 🙂

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      2. Sounds perfect Ellie! I thought I’d post on Monochrome today too as I realise it’s ages since my last one!! Catch up with you later 🙂


  5. Perfect quote from Blake, Jane.

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    1. Thank you Sarah, I’m not a huge poetry fan in general (excepting Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas!) but I’m getting more interested and I adore these , apparently, simple lines 🙂

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  6. I’m rather the same though I would add Philip Larkin and John Betjeman.

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    1. I really need to take some time to explore!

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  7. alexraphael says:

    Been too long since I saw your site. A lovely quote from a great poet.

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    1. Many thanks Alex – nice of you to drop by! 🙂


  8. Brilliant post Jane, as usual. And thank you so much for your comment about my blog, I dont think deserve. You’re very kind!!

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    1. Thank you Cosme for the invitation to join in! I enjoyed doing this, always fun to have to think of something different to do and I meant sincerely what I said about your blog!


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