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Edwin Arlington Robinson - For a Dead Lady

No more with overflowing light 
Shall fill the eyes that now are faded, 
Nor shall another's fringe with night 
Their woman-hidden world as they did.

No more shall quiver down the days 
The flowing wonder of her ways, 
Whereof no language may requite 
The shifting and the many-shaded.

The grace, divine, definitive, 
Clings only as a faint forestalling; 
The laugh that love could not forgive 
Is hushed, and answers to no calling; 
The forehead and the little ears 
Have gone where Saturn keeps the years; 
The breast where roses could not live 
Has done with rising and with falling.

The beauty, shattered by the laws 
That have creation in their keeping, 
No longer trembles at applause, 
Or over children that are sleeping; 
And we who delve in beauty's lore 
Know all that we have known before 
Of what inexorable cause 
Makes Time so vicious in his reaping. 

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: For a Dead Lady
Poem of the Day: Aug 14 2013

Comment 1 of 1, added on April 13th, 2006 at 12:01 AM.

This poem uses complex wordplay to provoke its message, however, the message may be hard to understand to most. The poem's basic output is the fact that Robinson is talking about a dead lady and going into deep description about her death. He also reminices about the poem itself, which I find very intresting. If this was based on life exprience, this person probably meant more to him than anything.

Sasaki Chasofito from Japan

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