Treasure Island

Edmund Spenser

(1552 - 13 January 1599 / London / England)

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Poem 24


SOng made in lieu of many ornaments,
With which my loue should duly haue bene dect,
Which cutting off through hasty accidents,
Ye would not stay your dew time to expect,
But promist both to recompens,
Be vnto her a goodly ornament,
And for short time an endlesse moniment.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Kevin Straw (11/19/2009 6:14:00 AM)

    The key phrase in this poem is “Ye would not stay…” This poem is the poet’s revenge on a lady who would not stay although she could have. The song is “in lieu” of the ornaments she might have had (i.e. eternal songs to her beauty) and is as short as was her stay, which gave the poet a taste of the eternal love that might have been. In a modern context, the poet has met his date in the coffee shop, fallen in love with her, and she, not reciprocating his ardour, has made her excuses and left (perhaps have arranged for a friend to phone in the middle of the date to give her an excuse to leave if she felt it was not going well!) . (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (11/19/2009 1:41:00 AM)

    Poetry is better than ornaments to lure lady love by expressing good message! Poem of Spenser flows with best ideas nicely to last longer! (Report) Reply

  • Kay Devenish (11/19/2004 2:13:00 PM)

    Profound, true too, love is as fragile as an ornament, I love the comparison, I wish I had thought of it.Great idea!
    Best wishes
    from
    Kay. (Report) Reply

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