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Madonna Mia Analysis

Author: Poetry of Oscar Wilde Type: Poetry Views: 488

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A LILY-GIRL, not made for this world's pain,

With brown, soft hair close braided by her ears,

And longing eyes half veiled by slumberous tears

Like bluest water seen through mists of rain:

Pale cheeks whereon no love hath left its stain,

Red underlip drawn in for fear of love,

And white throat, whiter than the silvered dove,

Through whose wan marble creeps one purple vein.

Yet, though my lips shall praise her without cease,

Even to kiss her feet I am not bold,10

Being o'ershadowed by the wings of awe.

Like Dante, when he stood with Beatrice

Beneath the flaming Lion's breast, and saw

The seventh Crystal, and the Stair of Gold.


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This is a very interesting poem and can be looked at several ways
The poem is constantly pointing out the innocents on this "lily-girl"
like when he says "cheeks whereon no love hath left its stain" is a polite way of saying she is a virgin also when he says her throat is whiter then a silvered dove not only is the dove a symbol of peace and hope but back when the poem was written rich people would keep their skin very pale because the workers(poor people) would always have tans from working in the sun all day and so it's a way of saying this girl is maybe rich or of some importance then he compares her skin to marble with a vein of purple which is in other words saying she is of royalty i think this because kings (like the great caesar) often wore the color purple for it was one of the hardest dies to come across and great palaces are often marble so i think he is not trying to say the she has purple blood but that she is of royalty also he later says he wont even kiss her feet which is how they treated royalty and maybe this is because he does not feel worthy enough or maybe he simply wants to keep her pure most of the second part refers to Dante's devine comedy but to sum it up quickly beatrice (beauty) was showing him a part of heaven . it might sound crazy even if you have just quickly read it through once but i think that he is talking about the virgin Mary and his unconditional love for her even the first part of the title "Madonna" often refurs to the virgin may in the catholic religion

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