Flower in the crannied wall

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Tennyson memorial statue beside Lincoln Cathedral

"Flower in the crannied wall" is a 1863 poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.


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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]


  1. ^ Wishing Well
  2. ^ Monument to Lord Tennyson
  3. ^ Brandom, Robert (1981). "Leibniz and Degrees of Perception". Journal of the History of Philosophy. 19 (4): 447–479. doi:10.1353/hph.2008.0100.