The Rose that Grew from the Concrete by American rapper Tupac Shakur is about reaching our goals in life despite the hardships and conflicts that we face on the way. The poem is highly inspirational and motivating the readers to focus and realize their dreams to make them come true.
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.
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.
Metaphor: A metaphor is that figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object to which it is not literally applicable. In this poem, the rose is the metaphor of the poet himself who was able to come out of the ghetto and make something out of him.
Alliteration: Alliteration is the repetition of the same sounds or the same kind of sounds at the beginning of words or stressed syllables. The examples of alliteration in the poem are as follows;
1. Crack in the concrete
2. Long live
Personification: Personification is that figure of speech where the abstract ideas are represented in human form. Examples from the poem are ‘walk’, ‘dreams’, ‘breathe.’