Roses–and Juliet

This year I convinced Dad to buy some rosebushes for me. Ever since reading Michael Phillips’ series The Secret of the Rose, I was enchanted with the hidden meanings of roses. After choosing red, pink, peach, yellow, and white plants, we planted the in the bed in front of our house. I was thrilled when the first yellow rosebud bloomed!

Thankfully my family’s allergies had a late start, so for several weeks I was able to decorate our table with roses. Hopefully they (the allergies) will have a premature end, and I may bedeck our house with roses once again.This year when we studied Romeo and Juliet in literature, I adored the passage with the mention of roses. Of course, I’d heard the words before, but understanding the context of Juliet’s monologue made it much more meaningful. Although this passage is not really about roses, I can’t resist putting it in here. 🙂

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy:
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? It is nor hand nor foot,
Nor arm nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O be some other name!
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
and for thy name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.

Long, drawn-out sigh. Followed by “Awww….”

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Samantha R.
    Jun 25, 2010 @ 00:30:17

    Didn't you just LOVE that book? I enjoyed it immensely! And I Love roses… they are my favorite for photography.


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