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Transcript of Emily Bronte
Friendship like the holly-tree.
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms,
But which will bloom most constantly?
The wild rose-briar is sweet in spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again,
And who will call the wild-briar fair?
Then, scorn the silly rose-wreath now,
And deck thee with the holly's sheen,
That, when December blights thy brow,
He still may leave thy garland green. Love and Friendship
By Emily Bronte
Vacillates from bitter to hopeful. When the narrator says, “Then, scorn the silly rose-wreath now,” a tone of distress can be heard. The narrator is against the idea of love at this point in the poem. At the end, though, she says, “He still may leave thy garland green,” which evinces a more encouraging tone, which is thanks to friendship. This line indicates that even in the dark times, some happiness can still be found. Nature &
Alliteration Nature plays an important role in this poem, as the message as a whole is based off of it. Nature is easy for each reader to relate to because it is a universal subject.
“Sweet in spring” “summer blossoms scent” “garland green”.
This alliteration gives the poem a calm and quiet feeling. Symbolism A rose is used to symbolize love in this poem because a rose is a beautiful flower, but also had sharp thorns on its stem. This mirrors what the author thinks of love. She believes that even though love is a beautiful thing and gives a person wonderful feelings, there is a downside to it and it can be painful in the end.
Rose- universally known symbolize passion and love, but also anger, blood and instability
Holly- Said to be green. Green represents life. This is of importance because while the color represents life, friendship along with evergreens' color last for a lifetime. NEGATIVE VS. POSITIVE CONNOTATIONS Metaphor Imagery Wild rose briar: flower that looks beautiful and enchanting, but has stems that are covered with small, sharp and hooked prickles.
Metaphor: comparison of the rose and love --> looking at love as something beautiful and not realizing the “thorns” and negative effects it can have. The holly-tree is not as attractive so its presence is ignored. This can be looked at as a metaphor for people ignoring the importance of true friendship and not realizing its worth.
Shifts in attitude of love and friendship
Starting the poem with love a comparison to something beautiful (positivity) then its killing of friendship (negativity); friendship is not as beautiful (negativity) yet is everlasting (positivity)
Outcome from attitude shifts: A sense of pure appreciation of friendship is developed “holly’s sheen”- Makes the reader imagine the shiny look to a piece of holly. This shine can show how special friendship is. A true friendship makes life brighter.
When reading the poem, the images of roses and holly pop into the minds of readers. Also, the use of senses with "sweet in spring" and "scent", along with the indirect imagery of the painful touch of a briar-rose thorn show a shift: the beautiful aspect is easily sensed; hidden thorns are hurtful. This image relates to the attitude because it shows that the narrator has wavering opinions on love and what it feels like.
For friendship: questions it beauty when it is called "dark" but shifts in attitude at end with : "He still may leave thy garland green" stating that friendship is always beautiful due to its faithfulness. Love is like a briar rose
Friendship like a holly-tree
Friendship becomes dark when love grows
But does friendship or love grow more constantly?
Love is very sweet in the spring
And in the summer its scent fills the air
But when winter arrives,
Will you still be in love?
Then you will leave the love you focused on
And return to the friendship you ignored
So when your love dies out
Your friend will still be there for you This comes along with the comparison between winter and summer. “The summer blossoms scent the air” Summer usually goes with happiness, which comes from friendship and the beginning of a love. Winter, on the other hand, has a more negative connotation as it has to do with coldness and death. Winter represents the instability of love. Summer does not last forever, and winter coming around in this poem can indicate the breakup of two past lovers and the devastation that comes with it.
In the first stanza she is saying that love and friendship do not agree with each other, and closes with the idea that only one of the two will be there in the end.
A shift occurs and then love is compared to the rose and friendship to the holly through similes and metaphors. The next shift occurs and it is concluded that friendship will outlast love in the long run. Shifts Read carefully the following poem by __________. Then create a well-organized argument in which you discuss how the poem’s imagery and controlling metaphor express the complex attitude of the speaker. PROMPT Third person point of view
Allows to be more narrative and advisory without the personal affect of the speaker's emotions POV