Sudden Light

By Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828–1882
         I have been here before,
                But when or how I cannot tell:
         I know the grass beyond the door,
                The sweet keen smell,
The sighing sound, the lights around the shore.

         You have been mine before,—
                How long ago I may not know:
         But just when at that swallow's soar
                Your neck turn'd so,
Some veil did fall,—I knew it all of yore.

         Has this been thus before?
                And shall not thus time's eddying flight
         Still with our lives our love restore
                In death's despite,
And day and night yield one delight once more?

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Poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828–1882

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Living, Love, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Romantic Love, Classic Love

Occasions Anniversary

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

 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, Love, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Romantic Love, Classic Love

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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