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By George Meredith 1828–1909 George Meredith
What are we first? First, animals; and next   
Intelligences at a leap; on whom   
Pale lies the distant shadow of the tomb,   
And all that draweth on the tomb for text.   
Into which state comes Love, the crowning sun:   
Beneath whose light the shadow loses form.   
We are the lords of life, and life is warm.   
Intelligence and instinct now are one.   
But nature says: "My children most they seem   
When they least know me: therefore I decree   
That they shall suffer." Swift doth young Love flee,   
And we stand wakened, shivering from our dream.   
Then if we study Nature we are wise.   
Thus do the few who live but with the day:   
The scientific animals are they—
Lady, this is my sonnet to your eyes.

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Poet George Meredith 1828–1909



Subjects Relationships, Love, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy

Poetic Terms Blank Verse, Sonnet

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George Meredith was a major Victorian novelist whose career developed in conjunction with an era of great change in English literature during the second half of the nineteenth century. While his early novels largely conformed to Victorian literary conventions, his later novels demonstrated a concern with character psychology, modern social problems, and the development of the novel form that has led to his being considered an . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy



Poetic Terms Blank Verse, Sonnet

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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