John Barleycorn represents
the grain harvest.
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For our Northern Hemisphere readers, this is the season of the grain harvest. In English folklore, John Barleycorn is a character who represents the crop of barley harvested each autumn. Equally as important, he symbolizes the wonderful drinks which can be made from barley -- beer and whiskey -- and their effects. In the traditional folksong, John Barleycorn
, the character of John Barleycorn endures all kinds of indignities, most of which correspond to the cyclic nature of planting, growing, harvesting, and then death: The Legend of John Barleycorn
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