Love Or Friendship Essay

1109 words - 5 pages

Love is like the wild rose-briar,
Friendship like the holly-tree --
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most constantly?

The wild-rose briar is sweet in the spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who will call the wild-briar fair

Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now
And deck thee with the holly's sheen,
That when December blights thy brow
He may still leave thy garland green.

Love is like the wild rose-briar,
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Friendship has a good foundation and grows stronger over time. It is also a tree that can be bent but not easily broken which is similar to a friendship in that friends may disagree or have arguments. The difference in opinions may bend like the holly tree branch but it does not break, whereas love or the “rose briar” is easier to die or kill. Love like the “wild rose briar” cannot be tamed and can cause the speaker pain so the speaker seems to be contemplating whether it is worth the risk.
The next two lines in the poem demonstrates the beauty of both friendship and love. When the speaker says “the holly is dark when the rose briar blooms,” it seems that the speaker thinks that if she the love or “rose briar” is blooming then the friendship or “holly” is affected and pushed out of the light. When the “holly” or “friendship” is removed from the light, it cannot grow and remains distant. The “dark” represents distance and infers that it is in the background somewhere. Meanwhile, the rose briar is blooming and front and center. The blooming represents that the rose briar is near and in the light because plants like love need light or attention to grow. The speaker emphasizes her dilemma by asking a question at the end of the stanza wondering which one; love or friendship will be best over time. The question mark at the end of the stanza represents the speaker’s own internal question: should she choose the friendship or love of another.
The wild-rose briar is sweet in the spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who will call the wild-briar fair
The next stanza starts out by listing the benefits of the rose briar. This is also a metaphor for love. The speaker says that the “wild rose briar is sweet in spring.” What this indicates is that the smells and feeling that the rose gives the speaker is “sweet.” This represents that love may be short lived in that it in only blooms in the “spring and summer.” The mention of seasons indicates that the speaker feels that love may not last very long. However, it is very sweet, wild and may be worth the prick of the thorn...

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