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Analysis and comments on The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Comment 1 of 1, added on November 19th, 2009 at 7:23 PM.
Ralph Waldo Emerson - 'The Barberry bush'

Poet Emerson sees fellow humans as comparable to the barberry bush.
Innocuous as life begins but disallowing close contact. The human by a
cool demeanor; the barberry by many pointed thorns. Neither presents a
special look or seeming worth, other than, in the case of the barberry, to
protect a robin or a sparrow and its family from a predator. In the case
of the human, to protect from hurtful words and actions. Yet, as life
progresses, beauty envelops the Barberry in the form of tiny blossoms, food
for pollen gatherers. As life-forming pollen brushes aginst pistils, tiny
berries begin to grow and continue day after day until the barberry's
striking maturity is reached as Autumn's brilliant color fades.
Thus so do certain humans. innocuous-looking in youth, reach full beauty
when maturity is reached.

rose burkhart from United States

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Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poem: The Barberry Bush
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jul 3 2000

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