Themes in The Garden
Political Change from Collaboration: In the final lines of the poem, the speaker pleads with the wind to clear the heat away. This can be interpreted literally; the speaker needs respite from the heat. It can also be read metaphorically; the speaker pleads for a force to remove what is oppressing her. In this reading, the wind can be interpreted as an avenue for social and political change.
Women’s Resistance Despite Oppression: The way the speaker describes both the rose’s resilience as well as her own capabilities reveals a belief in her own strength. Therefore the rose serves as a metaphor for the strength of the speaker’s character. Seen through the lens of feminist criticism, the fact that the rose is still able to grow in the rock is telling of the strength and resilience of the speaker.