The House of Life: 19. Silent Noon

By Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828–1882
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-searched growths the dragon-fiy
Hangs like a blue thread loosened 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-companioned inarticulate hour
   When twofold silence was the song of love.

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Poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828–1882

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Living, Landscapes & Pastorals, Marriage & Companionship, Nature, Home Life, Relationships

Occasions Anniversary

Poetic Terms Sonnet, Simile

 Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti was born 12 May 1828 in London, the second child and eldest son of Italian expatriates. His father, Gabriele Rossetti, was a Dante scholar, who had been exiled from Naples for writing poetry in support of the Neapolitan Constitution of 1819. Rossetti’s mother had trained as a governess and supervised her children's early education. Few Victorian families were as gifted as the Rossettis: the oldest child, . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Landscapes & Pastorals, Marriage & Companionship, Nature, Home Life, Relationships

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Sonnet, Simile

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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