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How does the rose function as a central image in "somwhere i have never...

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ttt | Student | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted September 2, 2008 at 4:37 PM via web

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How does the rose function as a central image in "somwhere i have never travelled"?

I mean  how it is used and  what it conveys.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 3, 2008 at 10:24 AM (Answer #1)

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In this fine poem by cummings, the rose functions as a metaphor. The rose's slow opening in spring is presented as an analogy for the person addressed, and, specifically, for the relationship of the narrator and the person addressed. The narrator says, "you open always petal by petal myself." Is it the person opening? Or the narrator? The indeterminate nature makes the poem a shared metaphor.

The metaphor extends later in the poem, evoking fragility (in the dream of winter), and the power of beauty to move the soul (in the comment on "the voice of your eyes").

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