Saturday, October 29, 2005

XIX Lilent Noon by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass,--
The finger-points look through like rosy blooms:
Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms
'Neath billowing skies that scatter and amass.
All round our nest, far as the eye can pass,
Are golden kingcup-fields with silver edge
Where the cow-parsley skirts the hawthorn-hedge.
'Tis visible silence, still as the hour-glass.

Deep in the sun-search'd growths the dragon-fiy
Hangs like a blue thread loosen'd from the sky:--
So this wing'd hour is dropt to us from above.
Oh! clasp we to our hearts, for deathless dower,
This close-companion'd inarticulate hour
When twofold silence was the song of love.

I like this poem becuase of its vivid descriptions and its complex form. In the second line there is a personification of the fingers that "look," probably because it is too dark for their eyes too see. The ryhme scheme of the first stanza is abbaacca, then the last stanza is: aabccb and the poem has a pentameter rhythm, so it is lyrical and flowing. There is some serene imagery of a quite night of emptiness, and nothing happening for a while. It is very beautiful until the second stanza where it gets a little weird. I'm not sure what a dragon-fiy is, but I think it means dragon fly. And for some reason, it falls and lands in front of the two lovers in the middle of nowhere. I think it is very weird that they think it is somehow romantic.


Blogger Lilan said...

This poem does have a lot of vivid descriptions and I like how you pointed out the rhyming scheme. I felt like I had to say this poem out loud to really appreciate it.

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