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The Rose Family- Poetry Analysis

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The Rose Family By Robert Frost Analysis by Emily DeJarnett The Rose Family by Robert Frost has many different meanings. Robert Frost was well known for his examination of very complex philosophical and social themes in his writings, which is very visible in this poem as well. This poem can be perceived through three main levels: the literal meaning, the rhetorical meaning, and the poetic level. In literal terms, Frost states that the apple, pear, and plum are also representations of a rose. Near the end, he also states that we are, and have always been, roses. His literal message is that while all types of roses, even apples, pears, and plums, look different, they are all beautiful and belong to a similar family. ...read more.


Frost never elaborates on who he is referring to. His uses of the word "so's" to continue the rhyming pattern adds a little humor to the poem. On the more rhetorical level, the rose symbolizes the ultimate historical symbol of beauty. The reader also begins to understand that the speaker is talking to his beloved when he states that "you, of course, are a rose but were always a rose". Frost is trying to make the point that in a world filled with such diversity, each individual, while so different, is beautiful in his own way. Frost also points out that while the worlds definition of beauty can change, true beauty is in the "eye of the beholder", as the old saying goes. ...read more.


The title, The Rose Family, immediately gives you the image of a family where each thing is related and similar to each other. The descriptions of the fruits and flowers give the reader a lovely and picturesque image in their mind. The rose is also a very obvious symbol of timeless beauty, one that is prevalent and important to understand. Throughout this poem, the reader gets to experience the beauty in being unique. Frost's main theme throughout this poem is that even though the definition of beauty may change, it is in the eye of the beholder where true beauty is found. In conclusion, Frost uses each of the three levels to help the reader understand that there is no way to generalize the definition of beauty. It can change over time with trends and fads, but each person will discover their own explanation of true beauty through love. ...read more.

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