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For many centuries young men have been telling their sweethearts about ephemeral youth and passion which like a candle burns brightly but dies out slowly but surely Edmund Wallers persona in the poem Song is such a young man He sends a rose to his beloved to Tell her that she wastes her time and him 2 by acting shy and staying out of sight This young lover is trying to tell his paramour that their time is too short for such petty things He is telling her to forget society and let her feelings lead the way The speaker of this poem wants his mistress to understand this eagerness of his and drop everything and come running to enjoy their momentary love In the first stanza the young lover is commanding a rose to go and deliver a message of the urgency of his love to his sweetheart He commands the rose to tell her that she is wasting their precious youth by acting ignorant when she knows that he admires her He resembles her to the rose 4 and discovers How sweet and fair she seems to be 5 He uses the rose as a symbol of her beauty He compares her to the rose because roses are beautiful things that last only for a certain time By this comparison he wants her to see the evanescence of anything beautiful This young lover wants his mistress to see her beauty and youth in a new way He wants her to stop wasting time and give in to the beckoning call of love In the second stanza the speaker is commanding the rose to tell his paramour to throw off her robe of modesty and show off her beauty while she can He understands that she is young And shuns to have her graces spied 7 but he wants the world to see her beauty and admire her for it He wants to walk
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