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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Highlight Poetry (2)

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Highlight Poetry is a meme created by Lace & Lavender Hints to celebrate a poem once a week.

My second favorite poem!  And another depressing one.  Tennyson was inspired by one line in a Shakespeare play (Measure for Measure) 'Mariana in the moated grange.’  Melancholy, Mariana waits for her tardy lover and wishes for death. The imagery keeps building as the house and Mariana are undone and she reaches her most desperate moment.  I find it interesting that until the last two stanzas, you get a feeling that there is no one around her, she is so lifeless, until the end where there are "old faces" and "old voices" about, but it is too late for Mariana.  I think the writing in this poem is gorgeous and I love the flow of the words, and how some lines are repeated, with the final lines of each stanza subtly changed until it is clear Mariana has lost all hope.

"She said; she said" makes me think of the Beatles song as well, though I know that song wasn't at all inspired by this poem *cough*LSD*cough*.  

Mariana
by Lord Alfred Tennyson
With blackest moss the flower-plots
Were thickly crusted, one and all:
The rusted nails fell from the knots
That held the peach to the garden-wall.
The broken sheds look'd sad and strange:
Unlifted was the clinking latch;
Weeded and worn the ancient thatch
Upon the lonely moated grange.
She only said, "My life is dreary,
He cometh not," she said;
She said, "I am aweary, aweary,
I would that I were dead!"
Her tears fell with the dews at even;
Her tears fell ere the dews were dried;
She could not look on the sweet heaven,
Either at morn or eventide.
After the flitting of the bats,
When thickest dark did trance the sky,
She drew her casement-curtain by,
And glanced athwart the glooming flats.
She only said, "The night is dreary,
He cometh not," she said;
She said, "I am aweary, aweary,
I would that I were dead!"
Upon the middle of the night,
Waking she heard the night-fowl crow:
The cock sung out an hour ere light:
From the dark fen the oxen's low
Came to her: without hope of change,
In sleep she seem'd to walk forlorn,
Till cold winds woke the gray-eyed morn
About the lonely moated grange.
She only said, "The day is dreary,
He cometh not," she said;
She said, "I am aweary, aweary,
I would that I were dead!"
About a stone-cast from the wall
A sluice with blacken'd waters slept,
And o'er it many, round and small,
The cluster'd marish-mosses crept.
Hard by a poplar shook alway,
All silver-green with gnarled bark:
For leagues no other tree did mark
The level waste, the rounding gray.
She only said, "My life is dreary,
He cometh not," she said;
She said, "I am aweary, aweary,
I would that I were dead!"
And ever when the moon was low,
And the shrill winds were up and away,
In the white curtain, to and fro,
She saw the gusty shadow sway.
But when the moon was very low,
And wild winds bound within their cell,
The shadow of the poplar fell
Upon her bed, across her brow.
She only said, "The night is dreary,
He cometh not," she said;
She said, "I am aweary, aweary,
I would that I were dead!"
All day within the dreamy house,
The doors upon their hinges creak'd;
The blue fly sung in the pane; the mouse
Behind the mouldering wainscot shriek'd,
Or from the crevice peer'd about.
Old faces glimmer'd thro' the doors,
Old footsteps trod the upper floors,
Old voices called her from without.
She only said, "My life is dreary,
He cometh not," she said;
She said, "I am aweary, aweary,
I would that I were dead!"
The sparrow's chirrup on the roof,
The slow clock ticking, and the sound,
Which to the wooing wind aloof
The poplar made, did all confound
Her sense; but most she loathed the hour
When the thick-moted sunbeam lay
Athwart the chambers, and the day
Was sloping toward his western bower.
Then, said she, "I am very dreary,
He will not come," she said;
She wept, "I am aweary, aweary,
O God, that I were dead!".

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5 comments:

  1. That is lovely! For some reason I kept hearing Alan Rickman reciting it in my head...wishful thinking I guess!

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    1. Oh my goodness that would be marvelous! It could happen maybe someday! *hopes*

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  2. That's a great poem! Thank you!

    I'm a new follower.

    Ashley
    Booksaremylove.blogspot.com

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  3. Wow....I love the imagery: great poem :D It's cool to think that Tennyson, a fantastic poet, was inspired by Shakespeare!

    -Kirthi

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    1. Oh, I'm glad you enjoyed the poem! Now that I think of it this poem is a little like fanfiction! :)

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