Flower in the Crannied Wall

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Tennyson memorial statue beside Lincoln Cathedral

"Flower in the Crannied Wall" is an 1863 poem by Alfred Tennyson.[1]


Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower—but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.



Tennyson composed the poem by the wishing well at Waggoners Wells.[2]

The Tennyson memorial statue (1903) by George Frederic Watts at Lincoln shows him holding a flower in his hand and a plaque with this poem.[3] The phrase flower in the crannied wall is sometimes used in a metaphorical sense for the idea of seeking holistic and grander principles from constituent parts and their connections.[4]


  1. ^ Jerome Berryman (2017). Becoming Like a Child: The Curiosity of Maturity Beyond the Norm. Church Publishing, Inc. pp. 75–. ISBN 978-0-8192-3323-3.
  2. ^ Wishing Well
  3. ^ Monument to Lord Tennyson
  4. ^ Brandom, Robert (1981). "Leibniz and Degrees of Perception". Journal of the History of Philosophy. 19 (4): 447–479. doi:10.1353/hph.2008.0100.