A Rose For Emily By A.E Houseman

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I'm not sure when A.E. Housman wrote this poem, however, even at twenty I canidentify. This poem gives light to the risk of love by accentuating the pain of losing inlove.The opening line, "When I was one and twenty" may be taken literally that hewas twenty one, but for reader's sake it may be better just for this to represent a youngage. An age where one is quick to give his heart away. An age where the normal collegeguy doesn't give much thought to his choices or decisions. The second line, "I heard awise man say" sets up the rest of the poem. From this point on the man in the poem justrepeats the advice the "wise man" gave him. It is also important because it is at such anage that most people are given advice by some adult figure that will stick with us for therest of our lives."Give crowns and pounds and guineas But not your heart away;". This can alsobe put: You can always make more money, but you only have one heart. I can'tremember the money I've spent on dates, but I cannot forget the one time I gave my heartaway. I wish I would have just spent more money on that girl...I think she would haveappreciated that a lot more."Give pearls away and rubies But keep your fancy free." I couldn't help butconjuring the image of a seventies pimp when thinking of this line. The movie stereotypewas always buying things for his girls, but that never meant that he loved them. In allseriousness, this line holds the key to dating and liking it. Anyone who falls for everygirl he dates eventually hates dating, and who's to blame him? Not to say that a girlshould be treated as just someone you buy things for, but by keeping you're "fancy" free,it keeps you from getting burned.The next two lines are a heavy...

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