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No, the misreading isn't "grow" for "blow."  Those are both attested
textual variants.  The misreading is assuming that "blow" here means "to be
carried on the breeze" or "to produce wind."


On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 3:12 PM, Alex Fink <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:59:49 -0600, Patrick Dunn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM, And Rosta <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >> The version of _In Flanders Field_ I'd known has _grow_ at the end of
> the
> >> first line, but on first reading the version with _blow_ (in this
> thread),
> >> I had an image of the poppies fluttering gently in the breeze, like
> banners
> >> or pennants.
>
> >Yup, that's a common misreading.  But it is a misreading.
>
> That's no misreading (or mis-anything), it's simply the original revision
> before an editor mucked about.  To quote Wikipedia:
>
> | The word that ends the first line of the poem has been disputed.
> According
> | to Allinson, the poem began with "In Flanders Fields the poppies grow"
> | when first written. However, since McCrae ended a later line with the
> same
> | word, Punch received permission to change the wording of the opening line
> | to end with "blow". McCrae himself used either word when making
> | handwritten copies for friends and family. Questions over how the first
> | line should end have endured since publication. Most recently, the Royal
> | Canadian Mint was inundated with queries and complaints from those who
> | believed the first line should end with "grow" when a design for the ten-
> | dollar bill was released in 2001 that featured the first stanza of "In
> | Flanders Fields", ending the first line with "blow".
>
> Yet more discord sown by that blasted repetition no-no :/
>
> Alex
>



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