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When roses cease to bloom, dear by Emily Dickinson


"When roses cease to bloom, dear" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. There are actually two versions of this poem, both very similar; however, one says "dear" while the other says "sir".

This poem speaks about summer turning into fall. The roses stop to bloom, the violets are dead, the bumblebees go in "solemn flight", and things start to turn to "Auburn". She then tells fall to "take my flower, pray!" This poem is a metaphor for her relationship. It is written as two stanzas with four lines in each.

Johnson number: 32


When roses cease to bloom, dear

When roses cease to bloom, dear
and violets are done,
When bumblebees in solemn flight
Have passed beyond the sun,

The hand that paused to gather
Upon this summer's day
Will idle lie, in Auburn.--
Then take my flower, pray!

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Nature, Flower, Summer

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