The daffodil has become an iconic symbol of hope and the logo of cancer societies around the world. In Ireland, Daffodil Day (March 23rd) helps raise much-needed funds to support the Irish Cancer Society who provide patient services and support and advocate for improvements in cancer care, treatment and research. Basically, without them we’re all screwed. So for Jaysus’ sake buy a daffodil pin or a bunch of flowers or two from a volunteer on the street or you could also make a donation online.
Narcissus and Nemesis
The proper botanical name for daffodils is Narcissus, which signifies unparalleled beauty. In Greek mythology there was once a handsome young fella named Narcissus. One day, while out hunting, he came across the Goddess Nemesis. Now Nemesis believed that nobody should have too much of a good thing and lured poor Narcissus to a lake knowing he would fall in love with his own reflection. So enamored was Narcissus with his watery image that he was never able to leave and eventually he perished.
‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’ by Salvador Dalí
The myth of Narcissus has inspired many artists including Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí. His interpretation Metamorphosis of Narcissus (1937) depicts Narcissus gazing at his reflection in a pool. Next to him is a corresponding stone figure holding up an egg from which a narcissus (daffodil) flower is growing.
‘Daffodils’ by Mark Ronson
Cosmic funk Daffodils appeared on Mark Ronson’s 2015 album Uptown Special. The hazy retro video was put together with another track Summer Breaking and both feature Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker on vocals. Playboy cover girl and Internet personality Sarah McDaniel stars as we watch her sun-kissed day transition into night and roll over till morning in a tropical paradise.
‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ by William Wordsworth
The memory of this host of golden daffodils may not bring you “the bliss of solitude” as Wordsworth puts it – but take you right back to your school days. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud also known as Daffodils is William Wordsworth’s most famous poem.
‘I Walked About a Bit on my Own’ by Heineken
In 1985 Heineken parodied the poem in a funny TV commercial, showing Wordsworth penning I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud sitting in a field of daffodils drinking Heineken because, “It refreshes the poet other beers cannot reach.” 😂
‘Fuck You Cancer’ by Pretty Mean
This awesome handmade card is brought to you by the buzzers at Dublin-based, Irish-owned Pretty Mean who cut right to the chase without all that sentimental shite. Nothing to do with daffodils but sure get some all the same.