As I see it, this quote represents two aspects of how a person experiences something or someone else.
- Semantics: The Name, &
- Smell: The inherent value of a thing.
This blog will discuss Semantics & Smell, but also,
3. Sight &
…which are two additional aspects of how a person experiences the thing which we call a “yarn blog.”
1) Semantics: The Name: The handsome Romeo may have been handsome whether he was “a Capulet” or “a Montague.” However, if his name was “Fluffy,” he would have been mercilessly teased by his whole kindergarten class, would have become home-schooled by first grade, and would have become a timid adolescent, too shy to approach the beautifully-named Juliet. Not to mention, if he did somehow manage to woo Juliet, no one would have been too surprised when our Fluffy went “poof” at the tragic end.
Names shouldn’t define us. But the fact of the matter is, they do label us.
I would agree with Shakespeare in this way: I believe that, on a spiritual level, names, appearances, wealth, & all other qualities which easily label (read “name“) a person to be desirable or not desirable (i.e. Capulet vs. Montague, beauty vs. ugliness, rich vs. poor) do not effect the actual quality of who that person is.
However, we are creatures of our senses, evolutionarily developed to be attracted towards beauty, wealth (resources), safety & security (rank, name, Capulet vs. Montague). In that capacity, therefore, and on that more basic level, we must very simply say that names matter. Ask any mother. Have you ever heard someone ask an expecting mother “What are you going to name your baby?” and the mother says “It doesn’t matter”? Quite a few assumptions would be made about the mother, and much pity would immediately be felt for the baby. The impression is “If the name doesn’t matter to her, the baby doesn’t matter to her.”
While perhaps not being very easy for people to remember, I am, in fact, content with the name Nareya Yarn Mosaics. The word “Nareya” is created from a combination of the two words “na areia.” “Na areia,” in Portuguese, means “in the sand.” The fate of my yarn is “written in the sand,” in that they are predestined to create a specific image.
2) [The Sense of] Smell: The Inherent Value: Being creatures who experience our world through our senses, the sense of smell makes the rose more valuable to us. In fact, as I interpret this quote, I believe that Shakespeare uses the rose’s sweet smell as an analogy for “the inherent value” of a thing.
Knowing the quality of the content within my blog, both present & future, I believe that it “smells sweet.” However, examining Shakespeare’s query, let’s ask: Would my blog smell as sweet, or rather, would it be perceived the same, if it was called “Knitting Boredom”? I think that such a name would predispose the reader to subconsciously look for themes in the blog that are in keeping with the title; just as, if a rose were called a “Skunk Cabbage,” it might predispose the smeller to note a hint of muskiness from the red, velvety flower.
3) [The Sense of] Sight: The sense of sight also makes the rose more valuable to us. Its beauty is a second value to our senses. Shakespeare could have said “A rose by any other name would look as beautiful,” and, although it doesn’t flow as well, it would mean the same thing to me; that it still holds its value, despite a name-change.
It may be that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” but, if it looked like a pickle, it probably wouldn’t make it into too many wedding bouquets. (I did, however, find a very delightful picture of “Petey the Pickle,” and am very happy to share it with you here;)
I’ve been generally discontent with the appearance of my blog title.
WordPress is an exciting new frontier for me. While browsing through the blog design links on the left side of the Admin page, I was absolutely thrilled and elated to discover that I can upload a photo into my blog’s title header.
For anyone who’s new to WordPress, here’s how you do it:
- Go to your Admin site
- Click “Appearance”
- Click “Header”
- Under “Select Image,” click “Browse…”
- Select your image, then crop.
4) The Sense of Touch; Stitches: Like many wonderful WordPress blogs, I am making my title out of yarn. The question we’re examining is “What’s in a Name?” My answer is “Stitches.” Stitches are literally in my blog’s name.
The words were knit in Fair Isle, the borders of the words were crocheted in picot edging, the background was knit in long moss stitch, & the border for the background was called Lola’s Ruffle, from The Essential Edgings Collection.
Now, my little “rose” (blog) smells sweet, and has a (visibly) beautiful name. Now, I’m satisfied.
On to my next project: My best friend’s hot pink birthday present 🙂