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Robert Fitzgerald

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Transcript of Robert Fitzgerald

Attitude
Ravished lute,
sing
to her virgin ears,
Soft notes thy strings repeating;
Plucked harp, whose
amorous
song she hears,
Tell her the time is fleeting;
Night-tide and my
distress
of
love
O speak, sweet numbers,
That
pity
her
heart
may move
Before she slumbers.



Pale moth,
that from
the moon doth fly,
Fickle enchantments weaving,
Night faery, come my lady nigh
When the rich
masques are leaving
;
Tell her who
lieth still alone
Love is a treasure
Fair as
the frail lute’s tone
And perished measure.

Robert Fitzgerald
Song After Campion
Ravished lute, sing to her virgin ears,
Soft notes thy strings repeating;
Plucked harp, whose amorous song she hears,
Tell her the time is fleeting;
Night-tide and my distress of love
O speak, sweet numbers,
That pity her heart may move
Before she slumbers.


Title
What is a Campion, what does it have to do with music, is it something good or bad?
A Camion is a flower, actually a pink one, much like a rose. It is often used to express love for someone.
Devices
Ravished lute
, sing to her virgin ears,
Soft notes thy strings repeating;
Plucked harp
, whose amorous song she hears,
Tell her the
time is fleeting
;
Night-tide and my distress of love
O speak, sweet numbers,
That pity her heart may move
Before she
slumbers
.



Pale moth, that from the moon doth fly,
Fickle enchantments weaving,
Night faery, come my lady nigh
When the rich masques are leaving;
Tell her who lieth still alone
Love is a treasure
Fair as the frail lute’s tone
And perished measure.

Springfield, Ohio
Background
Harvard 1929 - 1933
World War II
Editor
Professor at Harvard
1984-1985
Hamden, Connecticut
World War II

Three Wives

Debilitating illness

Reporter for Time magazine and New York Herald

Great Depression

Influence
Pale moth, that from the moon doth fly,
Fickle enchantments weaving,
Night faery, come my lady nigh
When the rich masques are leaving;
Tell her who lieth still alone
Love is a treasure
Fair as the frail lute’s tone
And perished measure.

What sort of song is following this unknown thing, a song of love?
The song is the song of a young lover, sing of his passion to his maid up in the window, the dark night and unspoken words.
Paraphrase
Ravished lute, sing to her virgin ears,
Soft notes thy strings repeating;
Plucked harp, whose amorous song she hears,
Tell her the time is fleeting;
Night-tide and my distress of love
O speak, sweet numbers,
That pity her heart may move
Before she slumbers.



Pale moth, that from the moon doth fly,
Fickle enchantments weaving,
Night faery, come my lady nigh
When the rich masques are leaving;
Tell her who lieth still alone
Love is a treasure
Fair as the frail lute’s tone
And perished measure.

Seducing lovely music on her young ears

A slowly repeating song on an instrument
A harp, whose strings sing a love song to her

Telling her, that soon he must leave
For they can only meet at night, sadly

Tell me the time
He wants her to love him
Before she dies or leaves him



From the night sky comes this moth

Its delicate wings beating like magic
Oh night please come, come like magic
So that no more do I have to lie (act) in the light

So that I can tell my maiden, who is unmarried
That love is still valued and precious
It is as great as the love I make on my lute
But it can die unlike treasure to her very whim

Apostrophe – he starts speaking to an object, his lute telling it to sing to her, so it’s a shift from a large audience to a specific thing.

Catachresis – to refer to a harp as plucked is true, but not a normal phrase. Normally it would be played but this gives it a special connotation.

Personification – time relentlessly marches forward, it does not hinder it step for any mortal, so for time to be fleeting it must be us who are moving faster.
Euphemism – sleep could mean a lot of things, but in this poem it is standing for the sleep of death.

Metaphor – love can be valuable just like a treasure, and it is fleetingly rare making the two good comparisons.

Apostrophe
Catachresis
Personification
Euphemism
Metaphor
Earnest
Awe
Awe – the poet is a little in awe of his love, she is like a treasure that he can’t quite have. She is something that he is striving for.
Earnest – he has become earnest in his love for her, when the rich masques, a mask or an acting group, are over. This means that he is no longer hiding his love.


Theme
The poet is speaking about the innocent love of a young man and his girlfriend. It is about the sweet sorrow of new love and the uncertainty and its surprises.
Shift
The poem shifts from want her love, to the speaker having it. There is a feeling of love to a slight feeling of forbidden love.
Moss Campion

Gail Niebrugge
Reader's Response
I do not believe that this poet should be kept on the list for next year. Many of his poems use language and sayings that are way outside of normal. This would be fine if there were some critical review, however there are no critical review of anything of his. He also was more of a translater than a poet. Also there is no complete collection of his works

I did enjoy some of the poems but it was difficult to TPDASTT. Most of his poems were about love and sorrow, and the importance of not wasting the time you have been given.
Citation
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/robert-fitzgerald
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15938
http://www.poemhunter.com/robert-fitzgerald/biography/
http://niebruggestudio.com/moss-campion-original-painting
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