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Comment 26 of 139, added on January 5th, 2011 at 2:21 AM.

Robert Frost describes how a rose is so complex, which makes it beautiful.
People often say simple is beautiful as well and like by others, for
example apples(round), pear(curve). A Rose(unique). Well I say this poem
describes our music nowadays because it is not about lyrics any more its
about a hot beat and a catchy hook(simple). The music before(complex) more
lyrical and artist had more perception of music and knew how to wax their

Rufo from United States
Comment 25 of 139, added on November 24th, 2010 at 9:15 AM.

everyone has his own rose in his mind whether beautiful or ugly

amy from China
Comment 24 of 139, added on May 7th, 2010 at 1:54 AM.
The Rose Family

I believe that Robert Frost was adressing the concept of love and being
loved but also adressing value.Roses are beautiful to look at but they can
signify many other thoughts and/or emotions (friendship, hope,
faith,happiness,jealousy...etc.)and all the pear, plum, and apple have to
offer is substance and that's all they would be able to offer-substance. He
seems to covet the rose (thoughts, feelings, emotions...)more than the
pear, apple, or plum (substance)and goes on to say that some are starting
to choose substance over true 'substance'-intelligence. And finishes off by
saying that (to whom ever he was 'talking' to)has REAL substance and teh
one he feels for.

Cynthia from United States
Comment 23 of 139, added on May 26th, 2009 at 10:44 PM.

Yes i agree this poem means you're beautiful

Brenn from Philippines
Comment 22 of 139, added on December 20th, 2008 at 2:16 PM.

To me this poem is saying, yes, yes, you're all beautiful, you're all
equal, as that is the politically correct thing to say and think, but the
truth is that a rose is somehow the superior being in the flower kingdom
and some people are "royal" - and yes, that thought may be being delivered
ironically or sarcastically; but it also could be coddling someone whom he
wants to reassure, like a jealous lover. I think it, again, may relate to
the theme of poetry itself and Frost watching how anything goes and it's
all so legit as poetry, but is it and did he really believe that? I doubt

Comment 21 of 139, added on December 20th, 2008 at 1:53 PM.

I think that it is examining the cliche of the word "rose" to represent
beauty, in addition to, like mentioned above, begging the question of
"what's in a name?". If, as time progresses, any old apple or even plum can
be defined as a "rose", then it is not a matter of apples and plums
becoming more beautiful, but rather the distortion of their perception. A
plum, could appear to a lover as a 'rose' if he is biased by the emotional
bond between himself and the plum. However, Frost is showing, whoever he
has written the poem about, that she is classically beautiful, in his eyes
and all others, and neither the apple-lover nor the plum-lover can deny
this. He states that the woman in question's beauty will always remain, in
comparison to the other women mentioned, of which he cynically questions
"What will next prove a rose". In this love poem, Frost questions our
perception of beauty through shrewd metaphor.

Jess from Canada
Comment 20 of 139, added on February 27th, 2008 at 1:45 PM.

Here's a quick analysis I wrote for my AP U.S. poetry class on this poem:

Early American poet Robert Frost was known for using simple diction for
complex themes and ironic thoughts. Although his poems were pithy and
concise in word choice, he often adhered to traditional metrics and verse
forms unlike most his contemporaries. In his poem "The Rose Family",
construction is consistent while thought structure is infused with quiet
In "The Rose Family", Frost uses literal examples to derive meaning from a
perhaps abstract thought. The poem contemplates the philosophical essence
of a rose logically by establishing truth that a rose is a rose and that it
always was one to begin with, inquisitively inducts that other fruits are
perhaps equal to roses, and deducts from both of these thoughts by stating
"You, of course, are a rose". His thoughts are strictly denotative to the
objects he describes, but to whom he refers to remains vague.
Purpose in "the Rose Family" is veiled and broadened by the poems
simplistic approach in style. Very little information about the speaker and
addressee can be derived from the poem thus concealing the purpose of the
occasion beyond the potential to either charm or sarcastically belittle.
Very little emotion is distinctive throughout the verse except a subtle
curiosity and satire. The poet turns the purpose of the poem after he
ironically contradicts his own logic. In the first two lines, he
establishes that a rose is and always was. The next six lines he questions
other's interpretation of a rose but then abruptly drops this logic to
establish a curious new truth to the meaning of a rose. The redundant rhyme
of the poem also adds a jeering, almost "king's jester" rhyme like rhythm.
These abrupt, forced changes in thought and taunting rhyme promote a
purpose to jest the poet's addressee.
The poem's significance is held by it's deceiving wit. The "safe" or even
cliché theme of roses prepares the reader for a verse on beauty and love,
but then goes on to undermine this mindset in the most subtle of ways.
Simple language and seemingly cheery subject matter obscure the satirical
nature of the poem.

Amanda from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 3. The Rose Family
Volume: West-Running Brook
Year: 1928
Added: Feb 1 2004
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