Here's a virtual movie of the Irish poet John Boyle O'Reilly reading his charming little romantic poem A White Rose.
The first stanza talks about the "red rose whisper[ing] of passion" which is obviously comparing the red rose to passion. Next, O'Reilly gives the depiction of "a white rose breath[ing] of love" which is again an obvious metaphor, portraying the white rose as love. He then mentions a falcon in comparison to a red rose. O'Reilly insinuates through this that the red rose (passion) is aggressive and also that the white rose (love) is docile by comparing it to a dove.
The second stanza of the poem mentions "a cream-white rosebud, with a flush on its petal tips" which gives the image of a white rosebud fringed with a "reddish" color. Next, the author says the "love that is purest and sweetest has a kiss of desire on the lips". This expresses that the optimal love would contain a mixture of passion and the everlasting bond of affection we term: love. Now notice that the largest portion of the flower is white, conveying love, and only contains a small part of the desire, or the flush portion. Therefore, O'reilly's view of the "best love" is mainly consisting of devotion and minimal part sexual
.John Boyle O'Reilly (28 June 1844 -- 10 August 1890) was an Irish-born poet, journalist and fiction writer. As a youth in Ireland, he was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, or Fenians, for which he was transported to Western Australia. After escaping to the United States, he became a prominent spokesperson for the Irish community and culture, through his editorship of the Boston newspaper The Pilot, his prolific writing, and his lecture tours.
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