Literary Devices in The Garden
Personification: The personification of the rose in this poem is important because it gives the rose agency and power. Roses are often portrayed as delicate but the rose in this poem is shown to be strong and resilient.
Extended Metaphor: When reading this poem through a feminist lens, the personified rose acts an extended metaphor for strength in spite of oppression and adversity as it pertains to women and minority groups. The rose being able to grow despite an inhospitable host, shows that in spite of constant oppressive forces, women and minority groups are able to grow and prosper in their societies.