In "Go Lovely Rose" what additional resemblances does the poet say there is between the rose and the woman? In the 1st stanza the poet says that the resemblance between the rose and the...

In "Go Lovely Rose" what additional resemblances does the poet say there is between the rose and the woman?

In the 1st stanza the poet says that the resemblance between the rose and the woman is that both are "sweet and fair", words that reappeare at the end of the poem. In between these 2 passages, what additional resemblances does the poet say they are?

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The lady is not beautiful as the rose in desert ( she is worthless)

Eventually,Both of them are going to be dead like all things.

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The love lyric "Go Lovely Rose " by Edmund Waller (1606-87) is a fervent plea by the speaker to his extremely shy and withdrawn lover who "shuns to have her graces espied," to come out into the open so that he can praise her beauty.

The second and third stanzas do not contain any similes which compare the lover and the rose. However, the speaker personifies the rose as his messenger to advocate and plead his cause to his bashful lover. He instructs the rose to tell his lover that if he (the rose) had bloomed in a desert where there are no people, then it would have withered and died without anyone praising its beauty. So, he asks the rose to tell her to come out into the open so that he can admire and praise her beauty, because beauty which is hidden from the eyes of men has very little or no value at all, "Small is the worth/Of beauty from the light retired."

The poet exploits two characteristics of the rose to drive home his argument: the rose is a beautiful flower, but at the same time its beauty will last only for a short period of time ("How small a part of time") before it withers and dies. Similarly, the beauty of his lover, like that of the rose's is only temporary and there is no point in keeping it hidden. She must come out into the open so that her beauty can be admired and enjoyed.

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