Prompt- Analysis: Copy and paste this poem from Tupac Shakur and analyze it. What is he trying to teach in this poem? What does the rose symbolize? What is his tone towards his subject?
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“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.
What is he trying to teach in this poem? I think Tupac Shakur was trying to teach that even if someone grew up in a bad area or even with a bad background they shouldn’t let people tell them they can’t do something. Even if what they’re trying to do is unusual for someone with their background, they don’t need to go by what is expected. Even though no one really cares about them. The “rose” should just continue to follow its dreams because good things can come out from it.
What does the rose symbolize? The rose symbolizes a person that comes from a bad place. Although, the rose is someone that is good. I think that the rose is a remarkable person.
What is his tone towards his subject? I think his tone towards the subject of the poem is sympathetic. I think this because if he wasn’t sympathetic or caring about this subject he probably wouldn’t write about this subject. But instead, he wrote about this subject and recognized situations that others have.