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Asking For Roses - Poem by Robert Frost

A house that lacks, seemingly, mistress and master,
With doors that none but the wind ever closes,
Its floor all littered with glass and with plaster;
It stands in a garden of old-fashioned roses.

I pass by that way in the gloaming with Mary;
'I wonder,' I say, 'who the owner of those is.'
'Oh, no one you know,' she answers me airy,
'But one we must ask if we want any roses.'

So we must join hands in the dew coming coldly
There in the hush of the wood that reposes,
And turn and go up to the open door boldly,
And knock to the echoes as beggars for roses.

'Pray, are you within there, Mistress Who-were-you? '
'Tis Mary that speaks and our errand discloses.
'Pray, are you within there? Bestir you, bestir you!
'Tis summer again; there's two come for roses.

'A word with you, that of the singer recalling-
Old Herrick: a saying that every maid knows is
A flower unplucked is but left to the falling,
And nothing is gained by not gathering roses.'

We do not loosen our hands' intertwining
(Not caring so very much what she supposes) ,
There when she comes on us mistily shining
And grants us by silence the boon of her roses.


Comments about Asking For Roses by Robert Frost

  • Rookie Bianca Anglim (2/15/2015 3:33:00 PM)

    I love this. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,053 Points Giorgio Veneto (9/17/2014 5:01:00 PM)

    An allegoric poem following no specific metrical form, but flowing nicely. ((And nothing is gained by not gathering roses)) I am impressed by this line, by the poem as a tightly assembled unit and I'll offer it an 8. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 31,902 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/8/2014 3:31:00 AM)

    A great poem from the great poet and likes it much. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Rose

  1. 1. Asking For Roses , Robert Frost
  2. 2. A Red, Red Rose , Robert Burns
  3. 3. The Rose Family , Robert Frost
  4. 4. The Sick Rose , William Blake
  5. 5. Rose Pogonias , Robert Frost
  6. 6. Chiaroscuro: Rose , Conrad Potter Aiken
  7. 7. When The Rose Is Faded , Walter de la Mare
  8. 8. My Pretty Rose Tree , William Blake
  9. 9. Smoke Rose Gold , Carl Sandburg
  10. 10. Laughing Rose , William Henry Davies
  11. 11. Throw Roses , Carl Sandburg
  12. 12. The Rose And The Cross , Aleister Crowley
  13. 13. Rose-Morals , Sidney Lanier
  14. 14. Sea Rose , Hilda Doolittle
  15. 15. A Dead Rose , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  16. 16. Tis The Last Rose Of Summer , Thomas Moore
  17. 17. In The Storm Of Roses , Ingeborg Bachmann
  18. 18. Roses , George Eliot
  19. 19. Time Of Roses , Thomas Hood
  20. 20. The Grave And The Rose , Victor Marie Hugo
  21. 21. A Little Budding Rose , Emily Jane Brontë
  22. 22. Turns And Movies: Rose And Murray , Conrad Potter Aiken
  23. 23. 'The Rose Family' Song 1 , Louisa May Alcott
  24. 24. 'The Rose Family' Song Ii , Louisa May Alcott
  25. 25. Women And Roses , Robert Browning
  26. 26. A Rose-Bud By My Early Walk , Robert Burns
  27. 27. Nobody Knows This Little Rose , Emily Dickinson
  28. 28. When Roses Cease To Bloom, Sir , Emily Dickinson
  29. 29. Evening Primrose , John Clare
  30. 30. If I Could Bribe Them By A Rose , Emily Dickinson
  31. 31. If I Should Cease To Bring A Rose , Emily Dickinson
  32. 32. The Primrose , John Donne
  33. 33. The Primrose , Thomas Carew
  34. 34. To A Primrose , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  35. 35. The Rose Did Caper On Her Cheek , Emily Dickinson
  36. 36. The Year Of The Rose , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  37. 37. Hooray Say The Roses , Charles Bukowski
  38. 38. Primrose , Patrick Kavanagh
  39. 39. The Secret Rose , William Butler Yeats
  40. 40. Stanzas To The Rose , Mary Darby Robinson
  41. 41. Roses And Rue , Oscar Wilde
  42. 42. The Rose Tree , William Butler Yeats
  43. 43. The Rose Of Battle , William Butler Yeats
  44. 44. Blue Roses , Rudyard Kipling
  45. 45. A Story For Rose On The Midnight Flight .. , Anne Sexton
  46. 46. The Rose Of Peace , William Butler Yeats
  47. 47. One Perfect Rose , Dorothy Parker
  48. 48. The Rose Of The World , William Butler Yeats
  49. 49. The Funeral Rites Of The Rose , Robert Herrick
  50. 50. Coleur De Rose , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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