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The Rose Family Analysis

Author: poem of Robert Frost Type: poem Views: 145

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The rose is a rose,

And was always a rose.

But the theory now goes

That the apple's a rose,

And the pear is, and so's

The plum, I suppose.

The dear only knows

What will next prove a rose.

You, of course, are a rose --

But were always a rose.


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It has both a literal meaning and a metaphorical meaning. The literal meaning is referring to the fact that, scientifically, and apple tree is a part of the rose family, and so is a pear or plum tree. The metaphorical meaning is about how society interprets and dictates beauty. The rose is the traditional symbol of beauty, but Frost is saying that now, different kinds of people are proving to be beautiful, and that the traditional image of beauty in a person is not the only type of person that can be beautiful. At the end, he is speaking to someone else, saying that they are beautiful, but have always been beautiful and didn't need society or someone else to tell them that. In the literal meaning, it is a rose, but Frost didn't need the scientific classifications to know that. 

| Posted on 2018-02-18 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2017-07-16 | by a guest

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It means that society's vision of beauty is changing. All things are considered beautiful to us. Therefore, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This can be translated as he has always thought this person is beautiful and society's perception of beauty is not how he chooses what is beautiful.

| Posted on 2014-07-18 | by a guest

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Frost is saying that society dictates, though it should not, what is considered beautiful. A rose is commonly associated with beauty, and an apple or pear, a plum, could all be shifting perspectives of what kind of woman or thing could be beautiful. To Frost, the woman to whom this is addressed has always been what he considers beautiful, without the influence of society telling him that the plum, pear, or apple is superior.

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

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It is very possible that Frost is questioning the traditional school of thought concerning \"whatlove is\".

| Posted on 2012-03-26 | by a guest

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i think it means he wants to stick his d*&% in her

| Posted on 2012-02-23 | by a guest

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I think this poem is trying to tell us that when people think of roses, they think or beauty right away. However, other things (people) can be beautiful in they\'re own way. \"The dear only knows, what will next prove a rose...\" means that people try so hard to get to the \"rose\" point but they are already there.

| Posted on 2011-02-12 | by a guest

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i think that this means that you are very important and that nothing would change that.

| Posted on 2010-04-29 | by a guest

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This means that no matter what someone says you will always be unique. No "Rose" is the same which means that no person is exactly alike we all have our own qualities that make us unique.

| Posted on 2010-03-06 | by a guest

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Botanical classifications added plants to the rose family. Frost deftly pokes fun at the idea of an apple or a pear becoming a rose as the result of scientific assignments while drawing upon the rich literary tradition of using roses as a metaphor for female beauty.
Unlikely additions to the rose family do not dilute the value and beauty of a true rose, his poem says, just as the true beauty of the object of the poet's affection is not altered. The familiar and affectionate tone of the poem enhance the idea that the poet is reassuring his lover that his allegiance will not stray despite the arrival of these new "roses."
The obvious literary allusions include Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet ("What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet") and Robert Burns' "A red, red rose."

| Posted on 2009-11-09 | by a guest

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This poem explains people's reliance on perception to define larger issues - for example, at any given point people know the difference between right and wrong, until "right" morphs into something "wrong." Then a rose becomes an apple, or a pear, or something else. Anything can be as certain as a rose one minute and as uncertain as a pear the next.

| Posted on 2009-01-06 | by a guest

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I think that it is examining the cliche of the word "rose" to represent beauty, in addition to the question, like mentioned above, about the question "what's in a name?"
If, as time progresses, any old apple or even plum can be defined as a "rose", then it is not a matter of apples and plums becoming more beautiful, but the distortion of their perception. A plum, could appear to a man as a 'rose' if he is biased by their emotional bond. However, Frost is showing, whoever he has written the poem about, that she is classically beautiful, and neither the apple-lover nor the plum-lover can deny this. He states that the woman in question's beauty will always remain, in comparison to the other woman mentioned, of which he cynically questions "What will next prove a rose".
In this love poem, Frost questions our perception of beauty.

| Posted on 2008-12-20 | by a guest

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.for me,, i think that the significance of the story is that, no matter what happens you will always be your self

| Posted on 2008-11-13 | by a guest

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i perosnally think that he is saying that no matter where you go you will alwasy be part of your family.

| Posted on 2008-11-13 | by a guest

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My father asked me once when I was much younger,"If you have a dog with four legs and a tail, and you call the tail a leg, how many legs do you have? I replied five.
"Wrong", he answered, "he still only has four, calling a tail a leg doesn't make it one.
Likewise, only the rose has all the true properties of a Rose that make it a Rose. We could rename some other item a rose, but it would not make it have all the beautiful properties that a genuine Rose has and has always had.

| Posted on 2008-08-17 | by a guest

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this is like frost writing a poem to a girl saying that no matter what she gonna stay arose meaning she gonna stay beautiful

| Posted on 2008-05-20 | by a guest

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