| Quote #1
a wet rose
Even the perfect rose seems to be isolated from the other flowers. Hmm. It's almost as if this is a metaphor for women, who often felt isolated in a rigidly-structured patriarchal society during H.D.'s day.
| Quote #2
Rose, harsh rose,
The first line of this poem is ambiguous: our speaker could be addressing the rose as a genus (so "rose" = all roses everywhere). We soon learn, though, that she's addressing a specific rose, one that doesn't seem to fit into all of the definitions of roses we've learned over the years.