It was decided many many years ago that red roses were symbolic of love. People like Shakespeare, Burns, and others, who used roses in poetry and literature that conveyed messages of love. What’s more classically romantic than red roses?. Almost everyone knows (or should know) that a brilliant bouquet of red roses is the perfect way to declare feelings of romantic love. Whether in celebration of an anniversary, wedding, Valentine’s Day. There is no mistaking the implication of passion, desire and above all, love, associated with red roses. So, how has the red rose become what it is known for today?
The red rose began its illustrious symbolic history in Greek and Roman iconography, where it was tied to Aphrodite, or Venus, the goddess of love. Later, in early Christian times it became associated with the virtue of Virgin Mary. By the time Shakespeare rolled around it had already become a poetic standard that he, and later Gertrude Stein, both famously played with in their works. Throughout its long, storied history, the red rose still reigns as the ultimate symbol of passionate affection.