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"Asking for Roses" By: Robert Frost
Transcript of "Asking for Roses" By: Robert Frost
Winner of several Pulitzer Prizes for his outstanding poems
Who is Robert Frost?
ASking for Roses cont.
'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.
Three literary devices
ASking for Roses
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 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 beggers for roses.
"Asking for Roses" By: Robert Frost
How repetition is used.
The word rose is repeated throughout the poem to show its overall importance
Roses show that even if things are around for easy picking you must ask for things you want, a clue in the text is when the man asked who those roses belong to d the woman answered no one he knew and quickly added "But one we must ask if we want any roses"
Roses also tell how if you don't take charge of your life it can pass you by and you'd have gained nothing from it, shown by the line "A flower unplucked is but left to the falling, And nothing is gained by not gathering roses."
How personification is used.
Frost uses personification to describe the actions of the couple
In the poem the line "There is a hush of the woods that reposes, And turn go up to the door boldly, And knock to the echoes as beggars of roses" showing that it is the couple going to the house's door to ask the owner for their roses
The line "There when she comes on us mistily shining And grants us by silence the boon of her roses." is another example of personification giving the house maid a ghostly appearance.
How Symbolism is used.
The word roses for this poem is not only used repeatedly but it also symbolizes a deeper meaning than simply asking for roses, in this case love.
Roses is used in the line "But one must ask if we want any roses" meaning that for a realationship to even start one must be willing to ask the other for their love.
Also the line "Tis summer again; there's two come for roses" meaning that summer is the time for blossoming love between couples.
In my eyes I see this poem showing repetitiveness of the word roses to show its importance throughout the poem. Also using personification to show its connection to the couple and life its self. Lastly using symbolism to show deeper meanings to the word roses to show how it connects to the love of the couple.
"Biography of Robert Frost" PoemHunter.com, http://www.poemhunter.com/robert-frost/biography/
Frost, Robert."Asking for Roses" PoemHunter.com, 03 January 2003, http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/asking-for-roses/