Love and Friendship
By Emily Bronte
Love is like the wild rose-briar,
Friendship like the holly-tree
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most constantly?
The wild-rose briar is sweet in the spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who will call the wild-briar fair?
Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now
And deck thee with the holly’s sheen,
That when December blights thy brow
He may still leave thy garland green.
+ Love – the wild rose-briar
+ Friendship – the holly-tree
b)Metaphor: connecting friendship with holly and love with the rose (in the second stanza).
– Imperfect rhyme: the holly-tree – constantly.
– Perfect rhyme: air – fair, now – brow, sheen – green.
Emily Bronte compares love and friendship using the example of rose-briar and holly. She suggests to her audience in the first stanza that love and friendship often don’t agree with each other, and at last, friendship will win the battle, and be long lasting over love. Love and friendship according to Bronte is both essential, as they affect human beings in every stage of life due to their lust and affection and also play with human emotion while they are being ignored. When Bronte compares love and friendship together, this denote the connection between the two elements in which people turn to friends, when love fades and people celebrate the glory of love while it is still sweet but moan if love loses its faith. However, friendship starts to replace the painful feeling but often people do not realize its importance because the ‘wild-rose briar’ is more beautiful than the ‘holly tree’ where nobody seems to notice its presence.
Item 2: Story
The obstacle on our path
In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the big stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many others never understand.
– Symbol: “A huge stone” is a symbol of “obstacle”
– Irony: The peasant removed the huge stone and then he had the gold; those who did not try to remove it, they had nothing.
Message: Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one’s condition.
Item 3: Picture
-Pun: “Wow! He says he’s cute … with dark eyes and a swimmer’s body”. But actually, “he” is not a boy but a fish has dark eyes.
-Irony:The fact is that, the fish has dark eyes and a swimmer’s body but it is not “he” while the girl think that it is “he”, not something else.
Message: Invisible friends on the internet, do you think that they are what they talk to you?