17 July 2018
How Edmund Waller uses Personification and Symbolism in “Song” to Express a Woman’s Beauty
Is not it ironic how one can tell a person they are beautiful without verbally speaking? Well there are plenty ways to do so without speaking. Admiration can be one of the most difficult things to portray to another individual. Many people are too shy to tell a person how they feel or they are afraid of being rejected by the person they are most interested in. Then again, people try other advances to approach an individual or get their attention because they are determined. Objects, color, and shapes are used to expressed admiration during this day and time. In the poem Song by Edmund Waller. The speaker is believed a male that admires a lady and believes she show her beauty for him and others to admire. He sends a rose to the lady he admires. Before sending it, he addresses the rose as if it were a person. The speaker commands the rose to tell a woman that she should not waste any time because she is young. He thinks she should not waste time and be with him. Since she is young, the speaker believes she should not hide in and be shy, but instead flaunt her beauty publicly. The speaker wants the lady to understand that he wishes to gaze her beauty. The speaker sends a rose to deliver his previous advancements to this woman. While using personification and rhyme, the speaker elaborates on why he instructs the rose to tell this lady things.
In the first stanza, the speaker commands the rose to go immediately. He instructs the rose to tell this beautiful lady that she should not waste her time and she knows that (line 1-3). He instructs the rose to do the talking for him because his previous physical advances at her did not pass. The speaker then tells the rose to tell the lady who he has a crush on to express her beauty. While using the rose as a messenger, the speaker continues to tell the rose that it should tell her that her beauty is being wasted if it is not shown to him. The speaker uses personification every time he tells the rose to tell the lady something. Roses are used to show sophisticated and romantic styles. The narrator then gives an opinion on why the woman should consider his offer. Since there are no interjections from the woman in the poem, she seems to not have any interested at all. She is reluctant to his attempts. The speaker seems to know small characteristics about the woman he is referring to because he tells the rose to tell her shuns to have her graces spied (line 7). The narrator thinks the woman should appreciated being desired. He says, “Suffer herself to be desired, and not blush so to...