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"Any Other Name" is a 52-line poem written by Rose Zarenkiewicz. The poem is a quaternion, consisting of four 13-line rondels in which the 13th line of each stanza is a repeated refrain.

The poem's title refers to a line of dialogue from Scene 2 of Act II of the Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet: "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

ConstructionEdit

The first rondel makes reference to Emily Dickinson's 1858 poem "Nobody knows this little Rose," while the second makes reference to Robert Burns' 1794 poem "A Red, Red Rose" (as well as William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18). The third section makes reference to Edna St. Vincent Millay's sonnet "No Rose That In a Garden Ever Grew," and the final rondel makes reference to Juliet's dialogue from Shakespeare's 1597 play.

TextEdit

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I am the little Rose nobody knows,
an enigmatic secret in plain sight;
a shifting mystery of dark and light
regardless of the change it undergoes.

These fundamental tensions juxtapose
Like morning breaks against the dead of night.
I am the little Rose nobody knows,
an enigmatic secret in plain sight,

whose contradictions heightened and arose:
my introverted Self, besieged by fright,
portrays this energetic socialite
A truth concealed in poetry and prose:
I am the little Rose nobody knows.

II.Edit

I am the red, red Rose that's newly sprung
as early Summer mourns the dying Spring,
each morning when the northern ravens sing
their dark refrains in Nature's native tongue,

a braying tune that's bittersweetly sung,
lamenting some unspoken suffering.
I am the red, red Rose that's newly sprung
as early Summer mourns the dying Spring,

that strains to integrate itself among
this field of more flamboyant coloring,
with all these blooms and sweet perfumes they bring.
Yet now, when Summer's sultry lease is young,
I am the red, red Rose that's newly sprung.

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