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Analysis and comments on When Roses cease to bloom, Sir, by Emily Dickinson

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When the rose are gone it is only the thorns, stem and leafes that's left
untill they also leave.

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Comment 7 of 86, added on April 18th, 2010 at 4:00 AM.
"When Roses cease to bloom, Sir"

The speaker in this poem appears to be telling a person of interest that
she is in love with him and wants him to take the gift of affection that
she is offering. The flowers ("roses" and "violets"...often used in that
all-to-familiar and elementary poem about love: "Roses are red, violets are
blue...") are symbolic of her gift of love...one that she is presenting to
her desired lover. However, she goes beyond the elementary symbolism of the
roses/violets to suggest that those flowers, which represent her feelings
and her love for him, will fade in time. She wants the "Sir" to take the
gift she is offering because her love for him will die "in Auburn" (when
she passes away).
She adds an urgency to her desire for him to take her love ("flowers") by
ending the poem with an exclamatory "pray!". This shows that the speaker is
desperate for her intended lover to accept what she wishes to give him
since time often goes as quickly as the seasons change and death will close
out the opportunity she presents to him.

Becca P. from United States

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Information about When Roses cease to bloom, Sir,

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 32. When Roses cease to bloom, Sir,
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Oct 23 2004

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