Love and friendship are close and both can lead to beautiful things and pain. This is the message of the poem Love and friendship written by Emily Brontë.
Love is like the wild rose-briar is a well-known line. Many found their inspiration in this opening line of the poem Love and friendship. Brontë tells us how love can be compared to a rose bush (or tree). A rose has thorns. Thorns can cause pain. Love can also cause pain.
As for friendship: this is a holly tree. A holly tree or German Hulst is known for its prickly dark green leaves, red berries, and white flowers. This tree is dark when the rose-briars bloom. Love takes over friendship and sometimes we can forget about friends and focus on love. If the rose-briar dies, during winter, the holly tree will still be there.
This poem shows that friendship may even be stronger than love. Love can be cruel at sometimes. Friendship will eventually prevail.
This poem is a typical example of the beautiful legacy left behind by Emily Brontë.
Love and friendship
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 contantly?
The wild-rose briar is sweet in the spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who wil 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.
— Emily Brontë
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