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26th Jul '17 4:31:49 AM AgProv
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A lot of portrayals of swans in the media paint them as beautiful, peaceful birds, which isn't surprising considering that they're nigh-exclusively herbivorous. That said, however, peaceful they ain't -- thanks to media depictions of them as almost angelic in behavior, not many people realize swans are very territorial birds and that a pissed-off swan will ''[[KillerRabbit mess you up.]]'' Nonetheless, that hasn't stopped folklore and fiction from portraying swans as symbols of purity, because their imagery is very similar to that of angels, and that includes the white feathers, and everyone knows that LightIsGood. They have also been used as symbols of love, due to their monogamous habits and the heart shape their necks make when two swans face each other. Many {{Shapeshifting Lover}}s are swans.

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A lot of portrayals of swans in the media paint them as beautiful, peaceful birds, which isn't surprising considering that they're nigh-exclusively herbivorous. That said, however, peaceful they ain't -- thanks to media depictions of them as almost angelic in behavior, not many people realize swans are very territorial birds and that a pissed-off swan will ''[[KillerRabbit mess you up.]]'' Nonetheless, that hasn't stopped folklore and fiction from portraying swans as symbols of purity, because their imagery is very similar to that of angels, and that includes the white feathers, and everyone knows that LightIsGood. They have also been used as symbols of love, due to their monogamous habits and the heart shape their necks make when two swans face each other. Many {{Shapeshifting Lover}}s are swans.
swans. The meme of the swan as graceful on the water and somewhat otherworldy has been influential on human minds, specifically those who dwell in riipine cultures: witness the existence of SwanBoats in many cultures.
26th Jul '17 4:24:42 AM AgProv
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* Irish folk-rockers The Music/{{Horslips}} use the black swan motif in their remorse-and-regret laden ''Time to Kill'', which, (in the context of a protracted messy war), regrets the [[fightingIrish Irish national tendency to kill first without taking too much time to think beforehand]].

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* Irish folk-rockers The Music/{{Horslips}} use the black swan motif in their remorse-and-regret laden ''Time to Kill'', which, (in the context of a protracted messy war), regrets the [[fightingIrish [[FightingIrish Irish national tendency to kill first without taking too much time to think beforehand]].
26th Jul '17 4:24:01 AM AgProv
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* Irish folk-rockers The Music/{{Horslips}} use the black swan motif in their remorse-and-regret laden ''Time to Kill'', which, (in the context of a protracted messy war), regrets the Irish national tendency to kill first without taking too much time to think beforehand. ma

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* Irish folk-rockers The Music/{{Horslips}} use the black swan motif in their remorse-and-regret laden ''Time to Kill'', which, (in the context of a protracted messy war), regrets the [[fightingIrish Irish national tendency to kill first without taking too much time to think beforehand. mabeforehand]].
8th Jun '17 6:56:35 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** The tale "The Wild Swans" is similar to "Literature/TheChildrenOfLir". The king has eleven sons and one daughter, named Elisa. The evil stepmother turns the eleven brothers into swans and banishes Elisa, an interesting exception to the tradition of swan maidens.

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** The tale "The Wild Swans" is similar to "Literature/TheChildrenOfLir". The king has eleven sons and one daughter, named Elisa. The evil stepmother [[BalefulPolymorph turns the eleven brothers into swans swans]] and banishes Elisa, an interesting exception to the tradition of swan maidens.
23rd Apr '17 2:49:59 AM Sammettik
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Yes, you heard me right -- ''[[SickeningCrunch their wings can break human bone.]]''

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Yes, you heard me right -- ''[[SickeningCrunch their wings can break human bone.]]''
3rd Mar '17 8:49:28 AM Eilevgmyhren
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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XITlmDJ9-Hk Il Bianco e dolce Cigno]], by Charles Arcadelt, ''also'' telling of a swan that sings before it dies. It seems to have been a popular theme in those days.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XITlmDJ9-Hk Il Bianco e dolce Cigno]], by Charles Jaques Arcadelt, ''also'' telling of a swan that sings before it dies. It seems Here, the singer, also dying compares himself to have been a popular theme in those days.the swan: "While he dies singing, I die weeping..."
3rd Mar '17 8:42:44 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* Irish folk-rockers The Music/{{Horslips}} use the black swan motif in their remorse-and-regret laden ''Time to Kill'', which, (in the context of a protracted messy war), regrets the Irish national tendency to kill first without taking too much time to think beforehand.

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* Irish folk-rockers The Music/{{Horslips}} use the black swan motif in their remorse-and-regret laden ''Time to Kill'', which, (in the context of a protracted messy war), regrets the Irish national tendency to kill first without taking too much time to think beforehand. ma
* UsefulNotes/RenaissanceMusic: Two prominent madrigal examples:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYvZvAihBP0 The Silver Swan]] by Orlando Gibbons, relating the myth of the swan that sings before it dies. The song also laments that nowadays "more geese than swans" are alive.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XITlmDJ9-Hk Il Bianco e dolce Cigno]], by Charles Arcadelt, ''also'' telling of a swan that sings before it dies. It seems to have been a popular theme in those days.
23rd Feb '17 6:07:12 AM EspyPsyche
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** The UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball team based in Swansea, Wales is referred to as the Swans, and uses a swan as their logo.
29th Aug '16 8:09:11 PM EdnaWalker
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On a side note, expect all swans you see in pop culture to be white. [[PaletteSwap Black swans (or just black-necked ones)]] do exist, but they're only native to Australia and South America respectively, which explains why Western culture never even heard of them until around the 18th century or so. In fact, black swans were for a good while used as metaphors for something which could not exist, and later for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory something whose existence couldn't be predicted but is later rationalized as predictable]].

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On a side note, expect all swans you see in pop culture to be white. [[PaletteSwap Black swans (or just and black-necked ones)]] swans]] do exist, but they're only native to Australia and South America respectively, which explains why Western culture never even heard of them until around the 18th century or so. In fact, black swans were for a good while used as metaphors for something which could not exist, and later for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory something whose existence couldn't be predicted but is later rationalized as predictable]].
29th Jul '16 9:10:16 AM Rubber_Lotus
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/RoseIsRose'', two swans say Jimbo and Rose are not so graceful as swans, but they are as romantic.


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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/RoseIsRose'', two swans say Jimbo and Rose are not so graceful as swans, but they are as romantic.
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