What is the tone of the poem "I am like a rose" by D. H. Lawrence? (with references from the poem)
The tone of "I am Like a Rose" by D.H. Lawrence is pretty hard to miss, it seems to me. Here the speaker of the poem is comparing himself to a rose--and the rose suffers by comparison. In literature, the rose is a traditional symbol of perfection, purity, beauty, and love. In life, giving roses expresses one's love. With that in mind, making the comparison between one's self and a rose is pretty ambitious; if someone implies they are better than a rose, we'd probably see them as arrogant. That's the tone, I think, of this poem. Arrogance and superiority.
The speaker (presumably Lawrence himself) in the first stanza says he has achieved his "very self," and, like a single perfect rose, has "issue[d] forth in clear/ And single me, perfected from my fellow." He is, it seems, much more perfect than the rest of mankind--the rest of us. He is separated from the rest of the more typical, ordinary roses by his perfection--a reality which creates "wonder mellow" and a "fine warmth." In the second stanza the self-congratulatory tone continues:
Here I am all myself. No rose-bush heaving
Its limpid sap to culmination has brought
Itself more sheer and naked out of the green
In stark-clear roses, than I to myself am brought.
The finest rosebush, he claims, has never--despite its best efforts--produced a rose as perfect as he. The tone is clearly one of superiority and arrogance. He has finally arrived at perfection, it seems ("I am myself at last")--a perfection which clearly outshines everyone around him.
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