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Analysis and comments on The Rose Family by Robert Frost

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Comment 16 of 156, added on February 3rd, 2006 at 10:32 AM.

This has been one of my favorite poems for years. Along with some of the
other comments when I read this poem, I felt that Frost was looking beyond
the simplicity of a rose. We all look at things differently, a parent
looks as their children as a precious gift, I (a teacher) sometimes feel
like they are children of the corn. Regardless within each of them or
within us, we have some beauty that not everyone get a chance to see. How
we see beauty in others is left to the eye of the beholder.

Eunise Silva from United States
Comment 15 of 156, added on January 18th, 2006 at 12:54 PM.

I think Frost is one, making fun of the fact we choose to label everything
and how the rose is slowly losing it's meaning because now everything is
referred to as a rose, but it's a direct love poem because as he finishes
the poem, he declares that she 'were always a rose' which means so much
more because she has originality. she was the original rose, the original
beauty and all the other roses aren't even close to her.

Jordan from Canada
Comment 14 of 156, added on December 13th, 2005 at 11:50 PM.

The point of the poem is to contrast the two ideas. The fact is, that the
apple, pear, plum, and rose all come from the same family, Roseceae. So
they are all roses, in a sense. But you aren't going to look at an apple
(or plum or pear) and say "what a pretty rose!". He's saying that people
should not confuse something with another thing that it bears a few
characteristics of, because it takes away meaning for the original thing.
If we all started calling the whole roseceae family "roses", the word
"rose" would lose all of its meaning and connotations of beauty and love.

Jana from United States
Comment 13 of 156, added on December 3rd, 2005 at 2:15 AM.

I agree with Travis. When I read this poem I was struck by how, as in so
many of his poems, Frost plays with the reader and is making a cynical
comnent that is not immediately obvious underneath all the sweet talk about
roses. Frost is talking about not only words losing their meaning
through overly liberal interpretations, but values, too. Everything goes,
who knows what's right, what's wrong, nothing is absolute. In a way he's
criticizing political correctness 70 years before his time.

Maxine Tsvaigrach from Israel
Comment 12 of 156, added on November 7th, 2005 at 11:44 PM.

I love reading this poem!It tells me that we always look at ourselves as
less than a rose, and then it reminds me that i am a rose and i am
beautiful just the way i am as my own rose! Thank you for reminding me of
this Mr. FROST

haley from United States
Comment 11 of 156, added on October 28th, 2005 at 1:19 PM.

I loved this poem i thought it was amazing

Brianne from United States
Comment 10 of 156, added on September 20th, 2005 at 1:28 PM.

well....i like it and if you have a problem deal with it im ALWAYS a ROSE!

courtney from United States
Comment 9 of 156, added on July 14th, 2005 at 4:48 PM.

I think Frost was commenting on how we label things as we want to, as we
see them at a specific point in time. Especially ourselves, what we
identify ourselves as. Then he reminds us that we are precious in the
end..."were always a rose."

Jill from United States
Comment 8 of 156, added on June 27th, 2005 at 4:40 AM.

The apple, along with other fruits and berries, and many trees and shrubs
are in the rose family. He could also be referring to the grail line which
is also called the "rose line".

John from United States
Comment 7 of 156, added on June 7th, 2005 at 3:34 PM.

I believe this poem is simply the first person complimenting the second, by
comparison to the beauty of a rose. In doing so, the first acknowledges
that so much in life is compared to a simle, beautiful flower. The tone is
sarcastic as Frost describes how everything seems to be a rose. Finally,
the compliment is paid, "You are a rose..."

Damon 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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Poem of the Day: Dec 13 2013

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