The poem, The Rose that Grew from the Concrete , is about a rose that grows from a crack in the concrete . Tupac uses symbolism concrete symbolizes the ghetto in which he belonged. In this poem, the rose is the metaphor of the poet himself who was able to come out of the ghetto and make something out of him.
“Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.”
Summary: The poet begins the poem with a question that whether we have heard about the rose that has grown out from a crack in the concrete . Refuting the laws of nature, the rose has learnt how to walk without having feet. Tupac uses symbolism concrete symbolizes the ghetto in which he belonged.
The theme of this poem is to always reach your goals despite the circumstances and to never give up. I know this because in the text it states “Funny it seems but by keeping it’s dreams it learned to breathe fresh air .”
Roses are most commonly associated with love and romance. Roses can also mean secrecy or confidentiality. The term “sub rosa”, meaning under the rose , comes from ancient times. On the Strength card, the rose represents balance. And on the Death card, it’s a reminder of purity, clarity, and transparency of intent.
Q. Why did Tupac choose a rose instead of another plant? The rose represents Tupac and how beautiful his spirit was.
author endeavors to make the poem easy to understand so his message can be understood easily and thoroughly, especially for his intended audience (the ghetto).
As we can see in the poem above , using a rose as a metaphor, the speaker says an individual can rise above hardship by keeping their dreams. Even if no one believes in them, even if they have to go against nature’s laws – against all kinds of adversity -, people can be the rose that grew from the concrete.
Plants have new cell growth at the tips of their roots. As the plant grows , so does the root system. Microscopic concrete cracks present this path for plants growing beneath your sidewalk. Once a plant’s roots discover a microscopic crack in the concrete , they force their way into the slab.
Since ancient times roses have been grown for their fragrance, beauty, and healing properties. In other words, roses act as a metaphor for life: After overcoming difficulty, you will find inner harmony, union, and happiness. Roses are heavily symbolic, often used in heraldry, badges, and coats of arms.
Q. How does the speaker’s point of view influence how the rose is described ? Curious about the rose , the speaker asks several questions about it. Feeling pity for the rose , the speaker lists all of the hardships it has faced.