Soon, O Ianthe! Life is O'er

By Walter Savage Landor 1775–1864
Soon, O Ianthe! life is o’er,
         And sooner beauty’s heavenly smile:
Grant only (and I ask no more),
         Let love remain that little while.

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Poet Walter Savage Landor 1775–1864

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Death, Relationships, Time & Brevity, Love, Living, Mythology & Folklore, Romantic Love, Heartache & Loss

Poetic Terms Allusion, Epigram

 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 Death, Relationships, Time & Brevity, Love, Living, Mythology & Folklore, Romantic Love, Heartache & Loss

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Allusion, Epigram

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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