1. What does love want from Flora?
2. Which flowers had been fighting for the highest place of honor? Who were the supporters of the two competing flowers?
3. There are two ways in which the lily and the rose are different. One of them is their appearance. What is special about the appearance of the lily? In what ways is the rose special?
4. The other difference between the rose and the lily is in their color. How are the flowers different in that respect?
5. Which flower has the mien of Juno? Which quality is highlighted here? What, in contrast, is the quality of the other flower?
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Hello! It appears that you are asking about the poem "The Lotus" by Toru Dutt.
1) Flora is the Roman goddess of flowers and nature. The god of Love asks Flora to show him a flower that would reign as the queen of all flowers.
2) The lily and the rose "long had been/Rivals for that high honor." There were flower factions (groups) which supported either the lily or the rose as the undisputed queen of flowers.
3) The rose has long been used by poets as a symbol of love and passion, while the lily is tall and stately.
4) The rose is red, while the lily is white in color.
5) The lily has the face or mien of Juno. Juno is the Roman goddess of the state: her war-like and majestic vitality is the chief attribute of this protector of the state. Yet, as a deity of women, she is also the goddess of marriage and childbirth. So, you can see why Flora creates for Love a new flower called the Lotus. The lotus is the embodiment of both beauty and majesty/stateliness; it combines the chief attributes of the lily and the rose.
Here, Toru Dutt, an Indian poetess of English poems, is showing her reverence for the lotus, traditionally used in Hindu religious ceremonies. The lotus is the holiest of flowers for Hindus.
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