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The Rhodora Analysis



Author: poem of Ralph Waldo Emerson Type: poem Views: 9

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On Being Asked, Whence Is The Flower?



In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,

I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,

Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,

To please the desert and the sluggish brook.

The purple petals, fallen in the pool,

Made the black water with their beauty gay;

Here might the red-bird come his plumes to cool,

And court the flower that cheapens his array.

Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why

This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,

Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,

Then Beauty is its own excuse for being:

Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!

I never thought to ask, I never knew:

But, in my simple ignorance, suppose

The self-same Power that brought me there brought you.






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| Posted on 2015-02-17 | by a guest


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The rhodora is used symbolically, representing natures most beautiful and "hidden" creation. The human mind. Like the rhodora hidden in the dark woods, the mind is also hidden in the sense that we cannot "see" it. The human mind is beyond all senses, touch, taste, smell, vision....We often don't use it nor do we appreciate it's beauty. Emerson cleverly asked whence is the flower? From what source does the flower come from? Implying that there IS a source, and that this self-same source created a mind able to become aware of itself. That is the deeper esoteric implication of the poem. Emerson is attempting to bring our attention and focus on becoming aware of the fact we have a mind that is capable of becoming aware of itself. Natures greatest miracle. And most people never become fully self aware. Like the beautiful rhodora hidden deep in the woods all alone with no one to witness its beauty and significance, until it is uncovered by the author....so too do most minds go unnoticed by their own persons.

| Posted on 2013-10-24 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2012-02-26 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2011-04-09 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2010-05-18 | by a guest


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There is much symbolism used within this poem, with the rhodora itself representing nature in its entirety. The rhodora is described as subtle beauty which is compared to the man-made. Other aspects of the surroundings, such as the "red-bird" or "black water" are used in comparison with the rhodora to emphasise it's beauty; it makes the water look dull and black, and even outshines the brightness of the "red-bird come his plumes to col, and court the flower that cheapens his array". The rose is also in this poem seen as something that is outwardly beautiful and universally recognised as perhaps the most beautiful and romantic flower of all. However, we can see that Emerson rivals the rhodora with the rose, showing that he indeed holds the rhodora in very high esteem and thinks that everyone else should too. Finally, in the last line, the "self-same power" means god, who serves as a connection between humans and nature.
Other features of this poem include the use of personification in aiding with the striking imagery of the flower, evoking the readings to feel some appreciation for the flower.
Rhythm - use of iambic pentameter to help with flow. there is also rhyme within this text.
Most importantly of all, the most prominent theme as communicated in this text would most definitely be that of nature and its hidden and incomparable beauty. In keeping with Emerson's belief in transcendentalism, this beauty is also described in reference to the Rhodora having a connection to god.

| Posted on 2009-11-17 | by a guest


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In the last line of the poem...
THe rhodora is derived from the same universal higher power that created him. He's connecting humans with nature, saying that every living thing has the same divine essence. Here, he is talking about God who created both human and nature.

| Posted on 2009-05-08 | by a guest


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(whence always means from where)
This poem reflects Emerson's deep appreciation for nature and the beauty that he constantly found in it. He prefers the wild and natural rhodora to the pruned, indoor, and tamed rose.
There is a great emphasis on color and imagery in this poem as well.

| Posted on 2008-02-06 | by a guest


.: The Preface of The Poem :.

According to the statement that prefaces this poem, the poem attempts to explain what is special about this ordinary plant. In the heading, “whence” doesn’t necessarily mean when, but from where, or from what origin. Therefore, the heading of the poem implies that someone asked the speaker where the flower came from. This is another way of asking what is so special about this ordinary shrub.

| Posted on 2007-11-28 | by a guest




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