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Asking For Roses Analysis



Author: Poetry of Robert Frost Type: Poetry Views: 981

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A house that lacks, seemingly, mistress and master,

With doors that none but the wind ever closes,

Its floor all littered with glass and with plaster;

It stands in a garden of old-fashioned roses.I pass by that way in the gloaming with Mary;

'I wonder,' I say, 'who the owner of those is.'

'Oh, no one you know,' she answers me airy,

'But one we must ask if we want any roses.'So we must join hands in the dew coming coldly

There in the hush of the wood that reposes,

And turn and go up to the open door boldly,

And knock to the echoes as beggars for roses.'Pray, are you within there, Mistress Who-were-you?'

'Tis Mary that speaks and our errand discloses.

'Pray, are you within there? Bestir you, bestir you!

'Tis summer again; there's two come for roses.'A word with you, that of the singer recalling--

Old Herrick: a saying that every maid knows is

A flower unplucked is but left to the falling,

And nothing is gained by not gathering roses.'We do not loosen our hands' intertwining

(Not caring so very much what she supposes),

There when she comes on us mistily shining

And grants us by silence the boon of her roses.






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i believe the poem is a satire of carpe diem. the key things that point to this are the allusions. i believe the woman in the poem is named mary as an allusion to Mary, mother of christ. the key thing about this is that she never married. the other allusion is to Robert Herrings poem "to the virgins to make much of time." this poem encourages woman to marry young and take opportunities when granted.

| Posted on 2017-09-04 | by a guest


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The previous owner of the home loved roses. They are gone, but pass the joy of the roses to other lovers of the flower. It is sweet. I think the previous owner would be touched by the mutual enjoyment. They are gone, but have left the legacy of the roses. They are remembered.

| Posted on 2016-06-28 | by a guest


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I think that this poem is symbolic of many things. The basic translation involves words of truth about asking and missed opportunities. And though while I agree, I also see how finding beauty in many places and realizing the full meaning and symbolism of each beautiful thing is noted in the poem. Frost is a favorite of mine, and while many will disagree, I believe that all of his poems have a hidden meaning and an inspiration behind them.
-R.M., 11

| Posted on 2014-12-02 | by a guest


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I think that this poem is symbolic of many things. The basic translation involves words of truth about asking and missed opportunities. And though while I agree, I also see how finding beauty in many places and realizing the full meaning and symbolism of each beautiful thing is noted in the poem. Frost is a favorite of mine, and while many will disagree, I believe that all of his poems have a hidden meaning and an inspiration behind them.
-R.M., 11

| Posted on 2014-12-02 | by a guest


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The poem has a strong reference to chasing opportunity. We miss 100 percent of the chances we never take.

| Posted on 2013-11-01 | by a guest


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I think that everyone is thinking too hard on this.
I think that Frost was just romanticizing something that (possibly) happened to him;
he was walking with a Lady-Friend, saw an abandoned house in the middle of a rose garden where they jokingly ask the 'mistress' (though there is none) to pick some of her roses.
It is a simple (and beautiful) poem.
Not all poems have to have some type of deeper meaning.

| Posted on 2013-08-13 | by a guest


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I think that everyone is thinking too hard on this.
I think that Frost was just romanticizing something that (possibly) happened to him;
he was walking with a Lady-Friend, saw an abandoned house in the middle of a rose garden where they jokingly ask the 'mistress' (though there is none) to pick some of her roses.
It is a simple (and beautiful) poem.
Not all poems have to have some type of deeper meaning.

| Posted on 2013-08-13 | by a guest


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I think that it\'s about life after death, or life can be passed on. The roses symbolize life, while the ghost symbolizes death. Perhaps Frost was saying that life can be found in unexpected places, as long as you reach for it and allow yourself to have it.

| Posted on 2013-03-07 | by a guest


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I think the poem is about youth and the opportunities that you are offered (but must see and pursue) yourself. Evreryone can gather roses if they do it while the roses bloom and despite the spetre of asking at a house somewhat frightening (after all, a ghost appears.) It\'s also about knowing when the natural world is not to be robbed or taken for granted, but to gently asked before gathering can commence.

| Posted on 2013-02-03 | by a guest


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I think the key line in the poem that indicates its meaning is the line
\"a saying that every maid knows is
A flower unplucked is but left to the falling\"
Take oppurtunities as they arise, for they will not remain forever. Nor do we remain forever.

| Posted on 2010-11-11 | by a guest


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"Old Herrick" is an allusion to Robert Herrick, a 17th century poet who wrote: "Of have I heard both youths and virgins say, Birds choose their mates, and couple, too, this day." I think this poem is saying, there are opportunities out there but you don't grab hold of them before they wither, then they might as well have not been there at all.

| Posted on 2009-11-22 | by a guest


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I think that it teaches us to ask for things, not to steal them.

| Posted on 2009-02-18 | by a guest


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i think its about how you need to work for something if you want to achieve it. the roses symbolize the fruit you gain.

| Posted on 2008-06-16 | by a guest




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