Ianthe! You are Call’d to Cross the Sea

By Walter Savage Landor 1775–1864
Ianthe! you are call’d to cross the sea!
         A path forbidden me!
Remember, while the Sun his blessing sheds
         Upon the mountain-heads,
How often we have watcht him laying down
         His brow, and dropt our own
Against each other’s, and how faint and short
         And sliding the support!
What will succeed it now? Mine is unblest,
         Ianthe! nor will rest
But on the very thought that swells with pain.
         O bid me hope again!
O give me back what Earth, what (without you)
         Not Heaven itself can do—
One of the golden days that we have past,
         And let it be my last!
Or else the gift would be, however sweet,
         Fragile and incomplete.

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Poet Walter Savage Landor 1775–1864

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Relationships, Living, Separation & Divorce, Men & Women, Mythology & Folklore

Poetic Terms Couplet, Allusion, Persona

 Walter Savage Landor

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As a poet, Walter Savage Landor has enjoyed a permanent minority reputation for the classicism of his epigrams and idyls. He was a seriously emulative classicist and wrote a significant proportion of his poetry in Latin, which was also the original language of some of the long and short poems that he published in English. Indeed, he was deterred from making it his chief medium only by the example of John Milton and the advice of . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Living, Separation & Divorce, Men & Women, Mythology & Folklore

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Couplet, Allusion, Persona

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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