Love And Personification In Hilda Doolittle's The Sea Rose

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The “Sea Rose” How do the sea and a beautiful rose combine together? Both of these items are majestic things and can show love and beauty. In Hilda Doolittle’s, “Sea Rose” published in 1916, shows readers the interaction between a sea and a rose and displays this by the use of extraordinary imagery and two different symbolisms. Today, many women do not realize the beauty they contain. Not only do women not realize this, but also many other people don’t believe that women have the capability to do anything. In the “Sea Rose”, H.D. shows how people in this world today and many years ago are feminist. She describes in the poem how a rose that is harsh and delicate gets taking up into the wind and then lands on the crisp sand. She then asks, …show more content…
The metaphor was only used once through all sixteen lines and it was in lines five and six, and it says, “more precious than a wet rose”. The reason this metaphor was used was to compare a harsh and broken down rose and a wet rose. The poet wants readers to see how an ugly rose can be more beautiful than a pretty rose that hasn’t lost its beauty. The other literary device used, personification, was used to symbolize women as the rose. “You are flung on the sand, you are lifted in the crisp sand that drives in the wind” (Lines 10-13). This really gives the reader a good visual on how to view the rose, as not just a rose, but as a person being treated unfairly. Hilda Doolittle uses two strong literary devices throughout her poem, and uses them to portray a certain image to her …show more content…
Both love and beauty portray as a symbol in this poem because of what she used to show it, which was the rose. The main symbol of this poem is the rose and it represents a woman of love and beauty, but then slowly grows weak and insecure due to the harsh comments or the way people view her. This symbol has a huge effect on the poem and without it the poem wouldn’t be complete. Another symbol was the sea. In the poem she doesn’t directly point out the sea, but she describes areas around it such as, the wind and sand. The sea represents the people, or feminist that are looking down on the rose, and is making the rose become smaller and powerless. Both symbols have a huge impact on the way the poem is written because the rose was beautiful and lovely, but then the rose gets caught in a drift and is taken from everything. Without the sea and the rose, this poem would be nothing and wouldn’t be able to give a message to readers. Hilda Doolittle’s poem, “Sea Rose,” grabs readers’ attention because of what the rose and the sea display and how the two collaborate together using symbolism and excellent imagery. Beauty and love are portrayed throughout the poem through the sea and a wonderful, beautiful rose both symbolizing something different. Many people can learn from this poem

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