The sentence "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose" was written by Gertrude Stein as part of the 1913 poem Sacred Emily, which appeared in the 1922 book Geography and Plays. In that poem, the first "Rose" is the name of a woman. Stein later used variations on the phrase in other writings, and "A rose is a rose is rose" is probably her most famous quote, often interpreted as "things are what they are." In Stein's view, the sentence expresses the fact that simply using the name of a thing already invokes the imagery and emotions associated with it.
QUOTE: "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
MEANING: What matters is what something is, not what it is called.
ORIGIN: From Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 1594:
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself...
Which leads me to this scrawny, scraggly rosebush. I have nurtured this plant all summer, and here in the High Desert, that means lots of water. There were many mornings when I thought about digging it up because the leaves were dying and falling off. But I didn't. For the last several days I've not taken the time to go look at the last few roses of the season which have been frost bitten and look worse than sad.
So, you can imagine my surprise this morning when I saw this...
Oh, I know you're thinking, "THAT rose is NOT growing on THAT rosebush."
Oh, but it is.
There has to be a moral to this story. Anyone have any ideas?