Why is Rose an important symbol in English literature, especially in romantic love literature?
Christianity introduced the rose symbol. But later it assumed secular connotations. In the Elizabethan age, poets in their innumerable lyrics and sonnets used the rose symbol from multiple points of view.
Like the sun,'Rose' is an important symbol in literature. Long ago Robert Burns sang : 'My luve's like a red, red rose'. Since then rose is an integral part of romantic love literature. Chirstina Rossetti wrote about the wonderful rose in the ever poetic style of her own : O Rose , thou flower of flowers, thou fragrant wonder'. The Rose was in the deep of Yeats' hearts. Who can ever forget O.Henry's 'The Rose of Dixie'.
Dr.Bhattacharjee R.Kolkata, West Bengal, India
The rose has an interesting history, and some of it might explain the significance of the rose in English history and early English literature. Roses have existed for thirty-five million years, but the practice of cultivating roses didn't reach Europe until the late 1700s. Roses were prized long before then, however, in England. In the 1400s, the House of York chose the white rose as its symbol, while the House of Lancaster was symbolized by the red rose. The struggle for power between the two was known, then, as "The War of the Roses." Roses became identified with royalty, and because roses were so rare, they were valued tremendously. Because they were rare, beautiful, and highly prized, they became suitable symbols for love, especially romantic love. The association of a red rose with the heart's blood is easy to understand. In all of its aspects (including its thorns), the rose lends itself to the many connotations of love.
by William Faulkner
In literature, roses often symbolize love and beauty; therefore, they represent ladies, also. Roses are a frequently used flower symbol. The rose was made for symbolism, metaphor, allusion. Its beautiful flowers – in the wild, each bearing the symbolically charged number of five petals – bloom alongside vicious thorns. Sight, touch, smell and taste – when petals are distilled into rose water or rose oil – are all captivated From a Christian perspective, a rose is a symbol of heaven and harmony in the world. Furthermore, the rose is considered the flower of the Virgin Mary. The color of the rose is often significant red for romantic love Like the sun,'Rose' is an important symbol in literature. Long ago Robert Burns sang : 'My luve's like a red, red rose'. Chirstina Rossetti wrote about the wonderful rose in the ever poetic style of her own : O Rose , thou flower of flowers, thou fragrant wonder'. The Rose was in the deep of Yeats' hearts. Like other plants, a rose, especially one that is still alive, can also carry overtones of growth, renewal. Roses have thorns which represent the pain or hurt hidden in the beauty, as in "love hurts". Rose bushes can also provide a barrier.
The first impression The Rose makes on its reader is the tactile pleasure of handling a book that has been made into a sumptuous object. The heavy, glossy pages with polished gilt edges emphasize, by counterpoint, a sense-memory of the fleshy softness of the petals depicted in the glorious illustrations. In A Rose for Emily the rose is symbolic...a sort of nod in her direction for her success as an aristocratic representative, the last of her kind, and the conquerer of Homer Baron.