Monday, 15 February 2010

Imparadise


Imparadise is a lovely verb meaning "to place in paradise".

Incidentally, paradise originally meant a walled garden, like the one in which Emily is seen in The Knight's Tale. Walled gardens were dreadfully important to the medieval poets, partially because of The Romance of Rose and partially because such sequestered fertility was a symbol of the Virgin Mary's womb, which is why she is often pictured like this:

Paparazzi snap of Mary in her hortus conclusus

Two paradises 'twere in one
To live in paradise alone.
Marvell

A tip of the blogger's bowler to Bradshaw of the Future

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