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Heart and Mind - Edith Sitwell
Transcript of Heart and Mind - Edith Sitwell
Meaning of Heart and Mind by Edith Sitwell
"Heart and Mind"
The themes that are explored :
Affection to eachother
Life after death
Born in Scarborough, Yorkshire.
2 younger brothers, Osbert (1892-1969) and Sacheverell Sitwell (1897-1988) both distinguished authors
She used allegory and simbolism in her poems
At first her poems were playful/happy but they became more serious and her humor became sarcastic/grim
Influetial poet in the 1920s
Never got married but fell in love with homosexual Russian painter
Form, structure and effects of the poem Heart and Mind
- Lyrical poem expressing personal emotions and thoughts of the speaker
- Free verse with a few exceptions
- 4 stanzas/22 verses
- Musicality in the poem
The philosophical lion..... (who is the speaker)
What are the main ideas
Will future generations remember us or will we be forgotten like
Poem explores erotic love and mortality through allegorical figures.
Written in mock nursery rhyme style with a dramatic opening, the poem has the lion telling the lioness to remember the glory of their physical existence even when death has overtaken them. The lion says that the heart and the body are the same.
The second stanza has the skeleton saying that the Sun is more powerful than the lion and greater than all the gold in the world.
SAID the Lion to the Lioness – ‘When you are amber dust, –
No more a raging fire like the heat of the Sun
(No liking but all lust) –
Remember still the flowering of the amber blood and bone,
The rippling of bright muscles like a sea,
Remember the rose-prickles of bright paws
Though we shall mate no more
Till the fire of that sun the heart and the moon-cold bone are one.’
Said the Skeleton lying upon the sands of Time –
‘The great gold planet that is the mourning heat of the Sun
Is greater than all gold, more powerful
Than the tawny body of a Lion that fire consumes
Like all that grows or leaps…so is the heart
More powerful than all dust. Once I was Hercules
Or Samson, strong as the pillars of the seas:
But the flames of the heart consumed me, and the mind
Is but a foolish wind.’
Said the Sun to the Moon – ‘When you are but a lonely white crone,
And I, a dead King in my golden armour somewhere in a dark wood,
Remember only this of our hopeless love
That never till Time is done
Will the fire of the heart and the fire of the mind be one.’
Edith Sitwell photograph [Photograph]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.anthonyburgess.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Sitwell.jpg
Edith Sitwell portrait [Illustration]. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ca/Roger_Fry_-_Edith_Sitwell.jpg
Heart and Mind. (n.d.). Retrieved September 28, 2015, from All Poetry website: http://allpoetry.com/Heart-And-Mind
Heart & Mind. (n.d.). Retrieved September 28, 2015, from Cool Literature website: http://easylitbyvidura.blogspot.com/2015/07/heart-and-mind.html
Poetry Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved September 25, 2015, from http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/edith-sitwell
Poetry Heart. (n.d.). Retrieved September 25, 2015, from http://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/poems/heart-and-mind/