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Creative Response Explanation

 

I took these ten photographs to represent elements of “Chevrefoil”.  The pink honeysuckle is my main focus.  The word “chevrefeuille” means “honeysuckle” or “woodbine” (Shoaf).  Honeysuckle is used as a metaphor in the poem.  It symbolizes the true love between Tristan and Isolde.  Honeysuckle winds itself around hazel trees and together, the two organisms can survive.  However, if one is detached from the other, both organisms will die.  This is true of the two lovers; one cannot live without the other.  The pink color of the honeysuckle flower symbolizes sensitivity, affection, love, and passion.  The raindrops on the leaves of two of the photographs represent the tears of longing and sadness of the lovers when they are apart.  In a few of the photographs, bare, woody vines are wrapped around other trees symbolizing the honeysuckle entwined around the hazel tree.  Furthermore, the entwined organisms reflect the entangled lives of Tristan and Isolde.  If the two lovers are caught committing adultery, their lives will be as bare as the vines choking the trees.

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Shoaf, Judith. "Chevrefoil." The Lais of Marie de France. 1996. University of Florida. 26

May 2007 <http://www.english.ufl.edu/exemplaria/marie/chevrefoil.pdf>.