Friday, November 11, 2005

Poem 10 by Edmund Spenser

TEll me ye merchants daughters did ye see
So fayre a creature in your towne before,
So sweet, so louely, and so mild as she,
Adornd with beautyes grace and vertues store,
Her goodly eyes lyke Saphyres shining bright,
Her forehead yuory white,
Her cheekes lyke apples which the sun hath rudded,
Her lips lyke cherryes charming men to byte,
Her brest like to a bowle of creame vncrudded,
Her paps lyke lyllies budded,
Her snowie necke lyke to a marble towre,
And allher body like a pallace fayre,
Ascending vppe with many a stately stayre,
To honors seat and chastities sweet bowre.
Why stand ye still ye virgins in amaze,
Vpon her so to gaze,
Whiles ye forget your former lay to sing,
To which the woods did answer and your eccho ring

This poem caught my attention because it is in old English, which sounds cool. Because of the odd spellings, I have to read this poem aloud so that I can understand it. The rhyme scheme does not seem to be consistent either. It is: ababccdcddeeeffgg. This inconsistent rhyming gives the poem less of a structure and makes it interesting because the rhyme are unexpected. It seems like the poem is written just to sound cool, and not for any other purpose. In the middle, it gets a little redundant with its parallel structured lines, but it is cool in its bluntness. The speaker makes the girl seem like an edible, yet elegant statue, which is not considered ok by modern standards. But I like that the speaker makes no attempt to be politically correct, and is raw about the description of what he finds beautiful.

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