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Come Into The Garden, Maud Analysis

Author: poem of Alfred Lord Tennyson Type: poem Views: 16

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Come into the garden, Maud,
     For the black bat, Night, has flown,
Come into the garden, Maud,
     I am here at the gate alone;
And the woodbine spices are wafted abroad,
     And the musk of the roses blown.

For a breeze of morning moves,
     And the planet of Love is on high,
Beginning to faint in the light that she loves
     On a bed of daffodil sky,
To faint in the light of the sun she loves,
     To faint in his light, and to die.

All night have the roses heard
     The flute, violin, bassoon;
All night has the casement jessamine stirr'd
     To the dancers dancing in tune:
Till a silence fell with the waking bird,
     And a hush with the setting moon.

I said to the lily, "There is but one
     With whom she has heart to be gay.
When will the dancers leave her alone?
     She is weary of dance and play."
Now half to the setting moon are gone,
     And half to the rising day;
Low on the sand and loud on the stone
     The last wheel echoes away.

I said to the rose, "The brief night goes
     In babble and revel and wine.
O young lordlover, what sighs are those
     For one that will never be thine?
But mine, but mine," so I sware to the rose,
     "For ever and ever, mine."

And the soul of the rose went into my blood,
     As the music clash'd in the hall;
And long by the garden lake I stood,
     For I heard your rivulet fall
From the lake to the meadow and on to the wood,
     Our wood, that is dearer than all;

From the meadow your walks have left so sweet
     That whenever a March-wind sighs
He sets the jewelprint of your feet
     In violets blue as your eyes,
To the woody hollows in which we meet
     And the valleys of Paradise.

The slender acacia would not shake
     One long milk-bloom on the tree;
The white lake-blossom fell into the lake,
     As the pimpernel dozed on the lea;
But the rose was awake all night for your sake,
     Knowing your promise to me;
The lilies and roses were all awake,
     They sigh'd for the dawn and thee.

Queen rose of the rosebud garden of girls,
     Come hither, the dances are done,
In gloss of satin and glimmer of pearls,
     Queen lily and rose in one;
Shine out, little head, sunning over with curls,
     To the flowers, and be their sun.

There has fallen a splendid tear
     From the passion-flower at the gate.
She is coming, my dove, my dear;
     She is coming, my life, my fate;
The red rose cries, "She is near, she is near;"
     And the white rose weeps, "She is late;"
The larkspur listens, "I hear, I hear;"
     And the lily whispers, "I wait."

She is coming, my own, my sweet;
     Were it ever so airy a tread,
My heart would hear her and beat,
     Were it earth in an earthy bed;
My dust would hear her and beat,
     Had I lain for a century dead;
Would start and tremble under her feet,
     And blossom in purple and red.

Submitted by Venus


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Its interesting that the speaker refers to Maud as "lily"; a flower associated in the Victorian Era with Purity, Innocence and Death, perhaps foreshadowing the events later in the poem.

| Posted on 2016-03-23 | by a guest

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Here are my thoughts:
The flowers, who are personified (they\'re personified for a reason, which should become clear as I keep typing this), are shown in the penultimate stanza to understand that they mark Maud\'s absence and not her presence. They are hesitant to grow because it\'ll make it all the more painful for the person who\'s missing her: if they grow, they\'re marking the beginning of a new season she is not here for, and proving she\'s not coming back and that everything else is moving on without her.
But the narrator of the poem - the person who\'s missing her - believes the opposite, perhaps because he\'s in denial about her death or because he\'s been driven mad by her death. The poem goes: \"Come into the garden, Maud...the woodbine spices are wafted abroad, /And the musk of the rose is blown\", showing the narrator to believe that as long as there are flowers, Maud is alive. Further evidence of this is how the flowers are said to grow in the place she once walked: \"From the meadow your walks have left so sweet...He sets the jewel-print of your feet/In violets as blue as your eyes\".
In the first and second stanzas of the first part of the poem The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, there are lines which show the narrator of THIS poem to have the same understanding as the flowers. Read it and compare to Come into the Garden, Maud.

| Posted on 2012-12-02 | by a guest

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The speaker in this poem, seems to be talking to the flowers as though they are maud. He compares each beautiful to her, asking questions whilest waiting for her to arrive from the nearby ball.
He even refers to maud as the queen of roses, queen of the garden, his queen forever.

| Posted on 2008-10-15 | by a guest

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