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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day Sonnet-a-Thon: "Love and Death" Tennyson

Love and Death

What time the mighty moon was gathering light,
Love paced the thymy plots of Paradise,
And all about him rolled his lustrous eyes;
When, turning round a cassia, full in view
Death, walking all alone beneath a yew
And talking to himself, first met his sight:
"You must begone," said death, "these walks are mine."
Love wept and spread his sheeny vans for flight;
Yet ere he parted said: "This hour is thine:
Thou art the shadow of life, and as the tree
Stands in the sun and shadows all beneath,
So in the light of great eternity
Life eminent creates the shade of death;
The shadow passeth when the tree shall fall,
But I shall reign for ever over all."

-Alfred, Lord Tennyson

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:54 PM

    Have you read any John Donne? He's really sexy, on paper and (shocker!) in 18th cnetury portrait, plus he's an amazing poet. I would definitely recommend him.

    OH and your blog makes my life :)