What is Tupac Shakur trying to teach in this poem? What does the rose symbolize? What is his tone towards his subject?
“The Rose that Grew from Concrete” by Tupac Shakur
Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature’s law is wrong it learned to walk without having feet
Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared.
I think Tupac is symbolizing the rose as a human. When it says, “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?” I think it meant, if you don’t have much, or are underprivileged, the ‘rose’ (human) still grew up to be wonderful. Next, when Tupac wrote, “…it learned to walk without having feet.” I think it symbolizes even without having as much as you would like, or not having a great family, etc., you will learn how to live otherwise. After this Tupac had wrote, “…but by keeping its dreams.” I think this tells you to always dream big, and that there is always something to live for. Also when it says this, I think it also means that the rose always knew there was something to stay around for, and that was it’s dreams. I also think this lead to Tupac writing “…it learned to breathe fresh air.” When he said this it showed since it had something to live for, the rose became happy and bloomed. The ending of the poem I think is also symbolizing how even when no one loved or liked the rose, the rose became happy and successful anyway.