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    vine-leaves in his hair.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mohsinmalik82 View Post
    vine-leaves in his hair.
    Not sure if it is an idiom. Still it means "wearing a wreath of vine leaves on one's head"
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    "Some critics have been greatly troubled as to the precise meaning of Hedda's fantastic vision of Lovborg "with vine-leaves in his hair." Surely this is a very obvious image or symbol of the beautiful, the ideal, aspect of bacchic elation and revelry. Antique art, or I am much mistaken, shows us many figures of Dionysus himself and his followers with vine-leaves entwined their hair. To Ibsen's mind, at any rate, the image had long been familiar. In "Peer Gynt" (Act iv. sc. 8), when Peer, having carried off Anitra, finds himself in a particularly festive mood, he cries: "Were there vine-leaves around, I would garland my brow." Again, in "Emperor and Galilean" (Pt. ii. Act 1) where Julian, in the procession of Dionysus, impersonates the god himself, it is directed that he shall wear a wreath of vine- leaves. Professor Dietrichson relates that among the young artists whose society Ibsen frequented during his first years in Rome, it was customary, at their little festivals, for the revellers to deck themselves in this fashion. But the image is so obvious that there is no need to trace it to any personal experience."

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    Very nice explanation, DAvid.


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    thanks very much to all of you who have posted the reply to me...i am very grate full to you.thanks again..

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