Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
After Adonis is killed by the wild boar, Venus creates the anemone flower from his blood. To some, this flower has come to represent the goddess's short-lived lover.
This particular flower seems like a good choice to represent the fallen Adonis for a couple of reasons:
- The blossoms of the flower can be bright red – the color of blood;
- Its blooms only last for a short while before the wind blows them away, reminding some of Adonis's short but beautiful life.