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The poet, American rapper and actor Tupac Shakur (1971–96), notes under the title that the poem is autobiographical. Therefore, although he refers to the rose as "it," he is most likely referring to himself and telling the reader his story as an allegory, a symbolic expression.
"The Rose That Grew from Concrete" is written in the past tense.
The rose and the concrete of the title "The Rose That Grew from Concrete" act as a metaphor comparing a person who grows and thrives despite being raised in rough conditions and a rose that grows in an urban setting despite the lack of proper care. The poet views himself as a rose who grows from concrete.
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