Why is love often compared to flowers in poetry when all flowers wither and die inevitably?

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Question by Kristin: Why is love often compared to flowers in poetry when all flowers wither and die inevitably?
It’s as though the poet believes the love with eventually die off. To say that the flower’s death is the equivalent of the speaker’s death would be incorrect as the speaker doesn’t compare his self to the flower.
Will love die before the death of the couple? Is this what the poets attempt to get at?

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Answer by Sparrow
Everything will die including love.

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…because it’s from the soft-pink petals of “your” precious “flower” that the warm-thick, silky nectar of love gently ooz’s.

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“…When all flowers wither and die…”
That’s the whole point of the comparison. The speaker is suggesting that although love is a beautiful thing, it is also fragile and will not last forever.
I presume so anyway; I don’t know which poem you’re analyzing lol

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You’ve sort of answered your own question, poets compare love to flowers because, like flowers, love is fleeting & will die.

The more showy & delicate the flower, the quicker it will die.
Love is the same, the sort of love that lasts are the less dramatic loves of friendship, parenthood or self-worth.
These are more like the roots, the stem, the branches or the trunk of a plant.
Not as beautiful, but of more use & much more durable.
The heart-stopping, sweaty-palmed, gut-churning, light-headed passion of romantic love does not last & nor do the flowers.

The plant outlives the flower, the tree outlives the blossom & so the couple will outlive their love.

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I think because a flower conjures up a soft lovely picture while poet describes love, he paints that picture for you.
If love dies he will talk about withered petals etc
So i reckon its a thing of the moment, for picture from poet to you about love, not love dying.
If the poet wanted you to think about which would survive couple or flower he would spell it out I think

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Because a flower is wasted unless it gets pollinated and produces a fruit.

Love is like a flower because both are going somewhere.

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A love is compared to a flower because when a flower blooms it create superior beauty and when it comes to love, when it is at its peak of intimacy, it gives total intensity however love could fade just like a flower and would soon die especially when not given special care. So value love while it is at its peak of intimacy or will soon die if not.

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My goodness you’re literal. Poetry is expressive. So it usually is talking about one aspect of love. Such as flowers are refreshing in the spring. Or they bloom and make everything bright. It’s only referring flowers dying when they’re talking about love dying too. It’s not a literal comparison saying all aspects of a flower are similar to all aspects of love.

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