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So I have a flower dilemma. I need to do a metaphorical analysis for a major grade project for an AP class, and I have no idea what flower I can relate to the poet Reed Whittemore. Thoughts?

asked by KL
  1. Not having read the body of Mr. Whittemore's work, I really have no suggestions. Does he use any flowers as metaphors in his poems that you have read? Does the structure of his poems suggest any phenomenon typical of a flower or flowers in general? Does he suggest the scent of a flower or flowers? What association with flowers have you found in what you have been assigned to read?

    posted by Reed
  2. He doesn't really mention flowers in his work, I just need to be able to compare him himself to a flower. I've been studying the language of flowers for the past week, and the closest I've been able to come to is a snapdragon with the help of my grandmother (you may know her.)

    posted by KL
  3. I can see where a snapdragon could be a metaphor for a person. Go with grandmother's suggestion.

    You've piqued my curiosity. Who is your grandmother?

    posted by Ms. Sue
  4. This may help. If Whittemore described himself as a "daytime" poet, what flower blooms in the daytime but perhaps closes at night, or might be associated with daylight, sunshine, day-to-day activities? The sunflower? A yellow rose? A marigold? Use your imagination.

    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/reed-whittemore

    posted by Reed
  5. Snapdragon might work very well. Again, use your imagination to create your own metaphor.

    posted by Reed
  6. Thank you guys! (my grandmother is writeacher btw)

    posted by KL
  7. And yes, I'm curious, too. Who is your grandmother?

    posted by Reed
  8. Thanks! As always, your grandmother has great ideas!

    posted by Ms. Sue
  9. In that case, your grandmother probably has very good advice. :)

    posted by Reed
  10. Your grandmother is someone both Ms. Sue and I have a lot of respect for.

    posted by Reed
  11. Thanks, Ms. Sue and Reed, for helping my granddaughter. We beat on this topic for a while, and then she decided to ask her question here! She started googling images of different flowers Reed mentioned, and I think she'll be fine with this assignment now. I hope I get to read it some day!!

    =)

    posted by Writeacher
  12. :-)

    posted by Ms. Sue

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