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Sea Rose

Sea Rose


by H.D.

Sea Rose Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Welcome to the land of symbols, imagery, and wordplay. Before you travel any further, please know that there may be some thorny academic terminology ahead. Never fear, Shmoop is here. Check out our...

Form and Meter

None of that counting syllables or beating out rhythms against your desk. Nope. This poem is all about honing in on a single image – which means that all the trappings of meter and fixed form...


Well, for starters, our speaker is addressing a flower. This could mean a few things:She's a loner. After all, if you feel like you have to start chatting up plants, chances are that you don't have...


You could think of this as the beginning of every spring break movie – or even that first scene in The Perfect Storm. The camera focuses in on a charming seaside, right at the place where the...

Sound Check

In some ways, this poem sounds quite a bit like the musings you might have as you walk down a beach on a quiet afternoon. The language is sparse. It's not too concerned with making nifty rhymes or...

What's Up With the Title?

You've got to hand it to H.D.: she puts her money where her mouth is. She tells you that the poem's called "Sea Rose" and then writes a poem all about…a sea rose.Sure, it's not an intriguing...

Calling Card

After all, H.D. did write Imagist poetry. And given that fact, we're guessing that her calling card might just be that groundbreaking work she did to transform poetry into a form that could concent...


Sure, there aren't very many words in this poem – and they aren't arranged in any complicated patterns. Even though this poem isn't too long, it can be a bit tricky to navigate. After all, it...

Brain Snacks

Sex Rating

Roses don't have sex lives, folks. At least, not sex lives that we'd be at all interested in outside of biology class.

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