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Sonnet - To Zante Analysis



Author: Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Type: Poetry Views: 623

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Fair isle, that from the fairest of all flowers,

Thy gentlest of all gentle names dost take!

How many memories of what radiant hours

At sight of thee and thine at once awake!

How many scenes of what departed bliss!

How many thoughts of what entombed hopes!

How many visions of a maiden that is

No more- no more upon thy verdant slopes!

No more! alas, that magical sad sound

Transforming all! Thy charms shall please no more-

Thy memory no more! Accursed ground

Henceforth I hold thy flower-enameled shore,

O hyacinthine isle! O purple Zante!

"Isola d'oro! Fior di Levante!"








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Poe contrasts his current feelings about the island of Zante - accursed ground - with his previous response to the music of the name - and to the very sight of the island - in the days when it was home to a maiden whom he loved. NOW the name calls up only departed bliss and entombed hopes - yes, she\'s dead!

| Posted on 2013-04-14 | by a guest


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The narrator reflects on the beauty of the island of Zante, and doing so brings him to remember a maiden he once loved there, who is now either dead or otherwise lost to him (knowing Poe, she is probably dead). He is unable to dissociate the pain of her memory with the island and finds himself loathing Zante despite its beauty.

| Posted on 2013-03-14 | by a guest


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Zante (or, to use its Greek name, Zakynthos) is the southernmost of the Ionian islands and renowned for its lush flora and green mountains and fields. The Italians called Zante \'Fiore di Levante\', or \'the flower of the Levante.\'
This poem is evocative of the island\'s lush landscape and inextricably binds it to the beauty and transience of youth. Consider the fair maid and \'departed hopes\'. It could refer to the lost love of the narrator or to the many who have departed the island\'s shores looking for adventure and love, or both.
Zante has a busy port through which people come and go. It may be beautiful and the Flower of the Levante, but it may indeed seem as accursed ground to a person for whom the island holds memories of a lost love or lost opportunity.

| Posted on 2011-04-24 | by a guest


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This poem is beautiful yet confusing. It is alone. Not one of the many poems loved and adored like "The Raven" or "Annabell Lee". It is very minute compared to these as listed. But it is beautiful. Read it. It will confuse you; as it did me. But once you analize it and think about it over and over again, you will come to understand the beauty that I found in it. Take it upon yourself to figure it out. Don't come looking for the answers. They will never be your own!

| Posted on 2009-02-01 | by a guest


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This poem is beautiful yet confusing. It is alone. Not one of the many poems loved and adored like "The Raven" or "Annabell Lee". It is very minute compared to these as listed. But it is beautiful. Read it. It will confuse you; as it did me. But once you analize it and think about it over and over again, you will come to understand the beauty that I found in it. Take it upon yourself to figure it out. Don't come looking for the answers. They will never be your own!

| Posted on 2009-02-01 | by a guest




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