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Rondel Of Merciless Beauty - Poem by Geoffrey Chaucer

Your two great eyes will slay me suddenly;
Their beauty shakes me who was once serene;
Straight through my heart the wound is quick and keen.

Only your word will heal the injury
To my hurt heart, while yet the wound is clean -
Your two great eyes will slay me suddenly;
Their beauty shakes me who was once serene.

Upon my word, I tell you faithfully
Through life and after death you are my queen;
For with my death the whole truth shall be seen.
Your two great eyes will slay me suddenly;
Their beauty shakes me who was once serene;
Straight through my heart the wound is quick and keen.


Comments about Rondel Of Merciless Beauty by Geoffrey Chaucer

  • Gold Star - 5,652 Points Marieta Maglas (12/7/2016 1:42:00 PM)

    This beautiful poem is a variation of the Rondel. The first stanza should be a quatrain, but the last line is absent. The poet wanted to suggest that the lover was that person who should add the last line. It was a way to make the missing line become a future response. The first line belonging to the next stanza is relevant, ''Only your word will heal the injury''.
    Any wound must be clean in order to be cured. The poet's wound was not a common one; he felt his heart suffering.
    Only love has the holy power of perfection. Usually, the lovers end up wounding each other. This is the consequence of living in this world where the imperfection certainly happens in time. Even they love each other and keep the perfection in their minds, the suffering cannot be avoided.
    In the poem, this remedial process implies forgiveness, acceptance, and love.
    Jesus welcomed all who followed Him and told them to love each other. (John 6: 37 and 15: 12) .
    Usually, the Rondel ends with the first line of the poem. This poem ended with the whole first stanza because it was a need to underline the importance of the holy love for the deep wound.
    The poet was crying out for a quick positive attitude while being in the imminence of death.
    It was not the silence to create an invisible barrier in the communication between lovers but the idea of unfaithfulness.
    The beauty of her eyes shook him, but he waited for her loving gaze in a desperate attempt to save the relationship. Moreover, he called for her words of love.
    This way, the line, ''Your two great eyes will slay me suddenly; '' gains the main importance in the poem and the whole poem becomes a desperate letter coming from a dying lover.
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  • Gold Star - 10,846 Points T Rajan Evol (12/7/2016 11:16:00 AM)

    The looks in beauty kills and the person who falls in love only knows the consequences. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 63,094 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (12/7/2016 10:23:00 AM)

    An amazing poem with profound emotions. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Beauty

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  2. 2. Beauty Xxv , Khalil Gibran
  3. 3. Rondel Of Merciless Beauty , Geoffrey Chaucer
  4. 4. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  5. 5. Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) , Anne Sexton
  6. 6. I Died For Beauty , Emily Dickinson
  7. 7. Beauty , Wilfred Owen
  8. 8. Beauty And Beauty , Rupert Brooke
  9. 9. Before The Throne Of Beauty Xxvi , Khalil Gibran
  10. 10. Pied Beauty , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  11. 11. Beauty , Edward Thomas
  12. 12. O Beauty, Passing Beauty! , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  13. 13. Youth And Beauty , William Carlos Williams
  14. 14. Ballade Of My Lady's Beauty , Joyce Kilmer
  15. 15. My Idea Of Beauty , Nitya Pillai
  16. 16. Hymn To Intellectual Beauty , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  17. 17. Beauty , Elinor Morton Wylie
  18. 18. Beauty&Mdash;Be Not Caused&Mdash;It Is , Emily Dickinson
  19. 19. Ode To Beauty , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. 20. He Tells Of The Perfect Beauty , William Butler Yeats
  21. 21. Beauty, Inside And Out , Camacy Melville
  22. 22. He Remembers Forgotten Beauty , William Butler Yeats
  23. 23. Soul's Beauty , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  24. 24. Amoretti Iii: The Sovereign Beauty , Edmund Spenser
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  26. 26. A Hymn In Honour Of Beauty , Edmund Spenser
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  28. 28. To What Serves Mortal Beauty? , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  29. 29. A Hymn Of Heavenly Beauty , Edmund Spenser
  30. 30. Clothed In Beauty , Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov
  31. 31. Beauty Imposes , John Shaw Neilson
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  34. 34. I Died For Beauty But Was Scarce , Emily Dickinson
  35. 35. Seeking Beauty , William Henry Davies
  36. 36. Beauty, Time, And Love , Samuel Daniel
  37. 37. An Hymn In Honour Of Beauty , Edmund Spenser
  38. 38. Sonnet 54: O, How Much More Doth Beauty .. , William Shakespeare
  39. 39. A Sonnet To Heavenly Beauty , Joachim du Bellay
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  47. 47. The Living Beauty , William Butler Yeats
  48. 48. God Scatters Beauty , Walter Savage Landor
  49. 49. Beauty , Edwina Matthews
  50. 50. A Philosophy Of Beauty , Uriah Hamilton
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