Flower, one beautiful living thing in this world, has a wide variety ranging from custom flower to the scarce kinds with many colours and shapes. For example, jasmine, daisy, lotus, orchid, rose, etc. All of them have its own special features and beauty. Its attractiveness has long been amused by most women, whether as a lover, an admirer, or only a mere thing to see. It is the fact that women do love flower, including me.
Two of my favorite kinds are jasmine and rose. Yet, rose is my most favorite, especially the white rose. I am always be in flowery feeling with its freshness and peacefulness when seeing it. I feel that the white rose reflects a shed of pure and sweet love. I do not know whether it is true or not for describing this flower subjectively. Then, I eventually found a related poem that really agree to this opinion. The poem completely describes the beauty and delineation soul of the white rose as a reflection of purest and sweetest love. It is entitled “A White Rose” by John Boyle O’Reilly. The poem beautifully written as follows:
The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips
In this poem, the white rose is described in compared to the red rose. The figurative language used throughout the description consisting of symbol, allegory, metaphor and personification. Firstly, the poet describes the red rose with its charming which also implied a symbol of physical thing on attraction to something or someone in the sentence “The red rose whispers of passion”. Next, the sentence describes the white rose as opposed to the red rose “The white rose breathes of love” which implied a symbol of inner soul about pure love and affection. Both of these sentences are further described in the implied comparisons “O, the red rose is a falcon” and “the white rose is a dove” which expressed a metaphor of red rose with its charming is like a soul of a falcon, while a metaphor of white rose is like a soul of a dove in its loyalty of his pure love towards his spouse.
The second paragraph of the poem further describes the preceding symbolic meaning into different expressions in the sentence “But I send you a cream-white rosebud with a flush on its petal tips”, which conveys the purpose of the poet as his extended meaning before. Then, the description goes more on explicit way expressing the meaning of flush cream-white rosebud on its petal tips as symbol of the purest and sweetest love by the sentence “For the love that is purest and sweetest”. In the end, the poem follows with a figurative sentence in the kind of personification “Has a kiss of desire on the lips” which transformed the object of flush rosebud on its petal tips is like a kiss on the lips.
Throughout this poem, a white rose is like a red rose which really expressed as the object of romance. Flower has indeed an important role in symbolic meaning, especially in western culture. Not only as an object of romance, it is sometimes used as symbol of innocence (daisy), a symbol of life (lily), a symbol of consolation in death (poppy), etc. In addition, flower is also used as the object of medicine, religion, ritual, and source of food for salad, herbal tea, etc.