Toru Dutt

(4 March 1856 - 30 August 1877 / Calcutta / British India)

Love Came To Flora Asking For A Flower - Poem by Toru Dutt

Love came to Flora asking for a flower
That would of flowers be undisputed queen,
The lily and the rose, long, long had been
Rivals for that high honor. Bards of power
Had sung their claims. 'The rose can never tower
Like the pale lily with her Juno mien' -
'But is the lily lovelier?' Thus between
Flower-factions rang the strife in Psyche's bower.
'Give me a flower delicious as the rose
And stately as the lily in her pride' -
But of what color?' - 'Rose-red,' Love first chose,
Then prayed - 'No, lily-white - or, both provide;'
And Flora gave the lotus, 'rose-red' dyed,
And 'lily-white' - the queenliest flower that blows.

Comments about Love Came To Flora Asking For A Flower by Toru Dutt

  • (1/2/2019 11:56:00 AM)

    Where is the explanations (Report) Reply

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  • (10/24/2018 12:01:00 AM)

    Poem is very good (Report) Reply

  • (10/24/2018 12:01:00 AM)

    Poem is so nice (Report) Reply

  • (10/24/2018)

    So nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/20/2016 9:28:00 PM)

    A nice poem on flower, every flower is unique in shape, size, colour and utility yet some are used for a particular occasion. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (1/20/2016 2:30:00 PM)

    A flower for every occasion- a flower for every emotion- -a flower for every woman a man meets in the course of life. Made me smile to remember we live amid a rainbow of variety- be it flower, animal, men, women, thoughts, emotions. (Report) Reply

  • (1/20/2016 8:30:00 AM)

    .....a wonderful favorite is the rose ★ (Report) Reply

  • (1/20/2016 5:36:00 AM)

    Mind blowing narration of different shades of beauty of highest order displayed by rose, lily and lotus flowers. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 2, 2010

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