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Why did the person who coined the phrase "Roses are red, violets are blue" chose violet which is purple instead of a flower that's blue?

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    1 week ago

    It first appears in Spencer's "The Faerie Queene" (1590).

    In a fresh fountaine, farre from all mens vew,

    She bath'd her brest, the boyling heat t'allay;

    She bath'd with roses red, and violets blew,

    And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.

    Now...obviously "blew" rhymes with "vew"

    but why did Spencer choose violets?

    Why not any two-syllable blue flower?

    After all: couldn't he have picked the name of some other two-syllable flower

    that was actually blue

    that is native to England

    especially to English forests (as opposed to marshy areas)

    and (to fit his rhyme)

    it would have to have a sweet scent.

    Options are actually relatively few. Actually blue flowers native to England that have two-syllable names:

    iris

    lungwort (for obvious reasons, not used)

    That's it!

    The iris is normally found in mountainous and arid regions.

    I.e. NOT a forest flower.

    So: apparently, Spencer was forced by his own rhyme to pick an English forest flower that was...blue-ish

    and the rest is history.

  • Anonymous
    1 week ago

    Cadence.                                       

  • Anonymous
    1 week ago

    The shade of  "violet" or "purple" contains Blue; a Primary color.

  • Poetic licence.                             

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  • 1 week ago

    some violets can actually be blue, like these

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