Saturday, November 05, 2005

Week 6 Post 1


By: Edgar Allen Poe

I saw thee on thy bridal day-
When a burning blush came o'er thee,
Though happiness around thee lay,
The world all love before thee:

And in thine eye a kindling light
(Whatever it might be)
Was all on Earth my aching sight
Of Loveliness could see.

That blush, perhaps, was maiden shame-
As such it well may pass-
Though its glow hath raised a fiercer flame
In the breast of him, alas!

Who saw thee on that bridal day,
When that deep blush would come o'er thee,
Though happiness around thee lay;
The world all love before thee.


Edgar Allen Poe's poem is literally about a girl on her wedding day, blushing in all her happiness. The girl is so happy that she glows in such a way that is so bright and so unique. Later though, Poe states that the world all love before her. Poe describes a bride on her wedding but though he describes her with all the beauties of a pride, he adds in hints of his unhappiness or bitterness. The third stanza describes the blush as "maiden shame". This sounds like the blush came from embarassment and Poe said the blush may pass but in it brings a "fiercer flame in the breast of him". Who is this him that the speaker is talking about? Is it the speaker himself? Poe uses rhyme and repetition of words to keep a rhythm for the poem. It makes the poem less serious but still gives it a pleasing sound.


Blogger Michael Overton said...

I feel that this poem is expressing the speakers point of view on how a man, possibly the speaker, felt while observing the bride. You can see that the man has mutch passion for the bride, when he speakes of the fire in his chest. The bride, too, is seen to just have a passionate love for the man. The speaker may be the to be husband or just a bystandard i didnt quite figure that one out. i think the ambiguity makes it more interseting like there may be "foul play" going on.

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