I liked the implication that Dante’s confidence expands by the agency of another, in this case likened to the sun unfolding a rose. How about that as a metaphor for being a mentor to someone?
‘My confidence expands just as the sun
Unfolds the rose into its fullest bloom.’
Source: Dante, The Divine Comedy (Paradise, Canto 22), trans. Clive James (New York: Liveright Publishing, 2013), p. 463
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