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The Emotions of a Rose

Crimson red is the color of blood flowing through one’s veins that eventually ends up at the heart, which society has defined simultaneous with romantic love. The red rose has been a popular choice as a gift to convey feelings of love from one to another on special days such as Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and anniversaries. Roses can also be given any day as a reminder of love.

The red rose also has additional meanings corresponding to the amount of stems given in a bouquet. A dozen red roses convey the message: “for the dozens of ways I love you”. Two dozen red roses expresses the meaning “for each and every hour of the day, I love you”. Three and four dozen red roses proclaim messages of “true love” and “unconditional love” respectively.

Red isn’t the only color that a rose can have. Colors can range from pink, white, yellow, purple, burgundy, orange and even the unusual blue. The pink rose can mean a variety of expressions depending on the shade of pink it is. In general, the pink rose symbolizes grace, sophistication and elegance. These attributes were desired by young women in the Victorian era where floriography (the language of flowers) was popular. A darker shade of pink can also mean gratefulness and appreciation, and a lighter shade of pink can express admiration and sympathy. The pink rose can also symbolize the love within friendship.

The white rose means innocence, purity, friendship, reverence and humility. The yellow rose can express the emotion of joy and can mean friendship or platonic love. An orange rose symbolizes enthusiasm and desire. The purple rose can convey the message of protection, usually as in paternal love. The burgundy rose holds the meaning of beauty and is therefore a favorite among mature women. The once non-existent blue rose, which is now a possibility due to hybrid and genetic engineering, can symbolize mystery as it previously never existed.

Because of the aesthetic qualities the flower holds, it has been the number one object to convey the expressions and emotions of beauty, passion, respect and the most important of all; love.

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