Monday, 12 March 2012

Mariana in the South by Tennyson

This poem is a sort of continuation to Mariana, and it features the same character. While Mariana seems to be set in England, Mariana in the South has a more foreign air. Mariana is praying to Madonna because her heart is broken by her cruel lover. Oh, and apparently the poplar is symbolic for a jilted promise. 
With one black shadow at its feet,
         The house thro' all the level shines,
Close-latticed to the brooding heat,
         And silent in its dusty vines:
A faint-blue ridge upon the right,
         An empty river-bed before,
         And shallows on a distant shore,
In glaring sand and inlets bright.
                But "Aye Mary," made she moan,
                        And "Aye Mary," night and morn,
                And "Ah," she sang, "to be all alone,
                        To live forgotten, and love forlorn."
 It's not as lyrical or as powerful as Mariana, but Tennyson I think wanted to make it more thoughtful and allegorical, which was popular in the Victorian era. 

Here's the rest. 

by Frank Cadogan Cowper
by Waterhouse

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