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Traditionally the vibrant red poppy was a popular emblem of country life and summer’s richness. Fields of poppies were a favored scene of Impressionist Claude Monet, as in this painting “Coquelicots,or Poppies Near Argenteuil” (1873).

Because of its narcotic properties, the poppy is sometimes used as a symbol of sleep, oblivion, or indifference. The Minoan poppy goddess wears the poppy seed capsules, a source of narcosis, in garlands in her hair. In ancient Roman mythology, Somnus, the god of sleep, is always crowned with poppies or lying surrounded by them.

In Christian art, the poppy is used in depictions of the Passion of Christ or as a reference to sleep or death. In the Greek Orthodox church, crimson poppies represent the blood of Christ on the cross on his journey to Golgotha.

The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was realised by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One and later conflicts. It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.


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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2659 W: 72 N: 6451] (29302)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-05-17
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/20.0, 1/80 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-06-29 1:27
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