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Elibet – 2009-03-24 8:26 AM I think it is talking about the death of someone/something/love? Elizabeth From Wiki, In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the character Ophelia climbed a willow tree when a branch broke and dropped her into the river below where she drowned. In Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, Viola (disguised as Cesario) tells Olivia “Make me a willow-cabin at your gate/ And call upon my soul within the house.” The willow here being an emblem of forsaken love. In Shakespeare’s Othello, Desdemona’s song before her death uses the willow imagery to highlight her lost love.

Elizabeth,

You are spot-on! Hmm, I forgot that I recently saw a painting of Ophelia floating among petals below the willow.

Thanks for the excellent read and feedback.

York