The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose.
But the theory now goes
That the apple’s a rose,
And the pear is, and so’s
The plum, I suppose.
The dear only know
What will next prove a rose.
You, of course, are a rose–
But were always a rose.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Robert Frost's poem The Rose Family


  1. Jonathan says:

    I cannot even correct my typos? Sorry!

  2. Jonathan says:

    I thonk that Frost was, among other things, having a little fund at the expense of scientists and plant taxonomists in particular. As a plant scientist I appreciate his sense of humour. Scientists are right that there are many plants besides roses in the Rosacae family, but even a scientist would be stupid to send apple blossoms to his or her Valentine.

  3. Laurel says:

    i love you, no matter what you are.

  4. Rufo says:

    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 lyrics.

  5. amy says:

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

  6. Cynthia says:

    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.

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