Midwinter

By Sophie Jewett 1861–1909 Sophie Jewett
All night I dreamed of roses,   
   Wild tangle by the sea,   
And shadowy garden closes.   
   Dream-led I met with thee.

Around thee swayed the roses,
   Beyond thee sang the sea;
The shadowy garden closes   
   Were Paradise to me.

O Love, ’mid the dream-roses   
   Abide to heal, to save!
The world that day discloses   
   Narrows to one white grave.

Source: The Poems of Sophie Jewett (1910)

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Poet Sophie Jewett 1861–1909

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Nature, Winter, Living, Death

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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Born in Moravia, New York, poet Sophie Jewett was the daughter of a country doctor. Her childhood was marked by loss and displacement. When she was seven years old, her mother died, and Jewett was summoned from sleep to observe her passing; her father died two years later. After his death, Jewett and her three siblings moved to Buffalo to live with their uncle and grandmother, both of whom died during Jewett’s adolescence.

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SUBJECT Nature, Winter, Living, Death

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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