the rose that grew from concrete poem
Fear only lurkes when I don’ t know where or what to think, I fear the most powerful one is there to be beseeched.
Fieldtr – Compare this poem also with Pete Seeger’s “God Bless the Grass:”
In the poem “ The Rose That Grew from Concrete” by Tupac Shakur, the poem represents the ways that someone can become something great coming from a place that’s not recognized as great. In this poem he uses a rose, something that’s recognized as beautiful, even with its imperfections. Roses are a symbol of beauty and love, but it’s also taken with caution because of its thorns. The rose correlates with people, and how beautiful people are and how even in our imperfections we can be loved. Being that the rose grew from concrete something hard and that has no nourishment, manmade cement, and not really appreciated, a thing that people walk all over and don’t really take care to appreciate that it’s there. The concrete represents the ghetto, or any place that’s looked at as a place that has nothing good to come out of it.
“Funny it seems but by keeping its dreams it learned 2 breathe fresh air” In this particular part of the poem he emphasizes that you have to follow your dreams in everything that you do. Tupac was big on following your dreams, he believed that no one could ever take away your dreams. One of my favorite quotes by him is when he says “reality is wrong, dreams are for real” And in this poem he really expresses that by saying this rose learned to live in this world by just never losing sight of its dreams. By following his dreams, he learned to live and he inspired many other to do the same thing.
In the event of my Demise
when my heart can beat no more
I Hope I Die For A Principle
or A Belief that I had Lived 4
I will die Before My Time
Because I feel the shadow’s Depth
so much I wanted 2 accomplish
before I reached my Death
I have come Tupac Shakur.
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The line means that big dreams always seem funny. The poet would have big dreams in his childhood and others might have been laughing at him as any ghetto would do. However, he had a strong belief in himself and finally learned to be successful.
Similarly, a person living in the ghetto or slum area cannot grow up because the community around does not allow him to do so. It is against the expectations of the ghetto to rise above poverty. Thus the poet’s success is against the common belief or their logical predictions.
Keepin all these dreams
Provin nature’s laws wrong
It learned how to walk without havin feet (to breathe the fresh air)
It came from concrete (to breathe the fresh air)
(to breathe the fresh air, to breathe the fresh air)
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Symbolism: Symbols or symbolism is an artistic expression used in poetry to express mystical ideas, emotions and states of mind. The poem, The Rose that Grew from the Concrete, is about a rose that grows from a crack in the concrete. Tupac uses symbolism concrete symbolizes the ghetto in which he belonged. The poem, therefore symbolizes the poet’s own life.
The poet begins the poem with a question that whether we have heard about the rose that has grown out from a crack in the concrete. Refuting the laws of nature, the rose has learnt how to walk without having feet. Although it seems funny, but by focusing and realizing his dreams, it finally learnt to survive by breathing the fresh air around him. The lack of care and surrounding did not prove to bring hindrance to the rose’s growth. In the last lines, the poet expresses support by saying ‘long live’ and he claims that as the rose focused on keeping his dreams, it was able to live a long life.
I don’t have everything
As a matter of fact I don’t have anything,
except a dream of a better day
And you, to help me find my way
Being a man I am sure to make mistakes
But to keep you, I would do all it takes
and if it meant my love was really true
I’d gladly die and watch over you
I wish you knew how much I cared
You’d see my love is true. By the life we’d share
Even if you changed your mind and said our love was thru
I’d want to die, continuously cry and still I’d love you
Poetry is the language of love. In this heartfelt poem, Wife 4 Life, Tupac expresses his love and the foundation of a healthy relationship. He expounds ons the importance of acceptance, forgiveness, and unconditional love. It’s beautifully written and comes in as top 5 love poem from The Rose That Grew From Concrete book.
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when no one else ever cared.
Tupac is mostly known as a rapper. However, the poetry collection expresses profound, soulful thought that is often overlooked by his mainstream reputation. The book covers several topics, including love, poverty, family, and many others. His diverse experiences and will to continue fighting for a better life despite obstacles make The Rose that Grew from Concrete a great inspiration.
Tupac Shakur’s The Rose that Grew from Concrete, is a raw, honest, and authentic book of hope. I fell in love with it the first time I read it, and will continue to reread the collection for years to come! I have given the collection to close friends as gifts in the past, because it is a fantastic read and a positive influence.
The third line means that because the man kept his dreams and was confident in his own abilities he was able to reach his goal. “fresh air” represents some where away from the ghetto where he is well-off and he is not in constant trouble and somewhere where he does not have a lot of problems. The last line he is praising the ‘rose’ because it made it through the hard time when there was no one to help it and no one cared about it.
Both poems have hope in them. I like these poems because it shows me that even though the world is not a great place people still can do great things. This I learned from The Rose That Grew From Concrete. The rose defied the odds and proved itself to the world all by itself. The message Tupac was trying to bring through that poem was keep trying and focus on your dreams, don’t let anything get in the way. And Tomorrow tells me to never lose faith because tomorrow is a whole new day and anything can happen. It also tells me, like the poem The Rose That Grew From Concrete to keep your mind focused on your dreams and ambitions in life and never lose faith in yourself.