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There is a Garden in her Face
Transcript of There is a Garden in her Face
There's a garden in her face
about the author
Her eyes to angels, shows the purity of the woman and makes her unapproachable as a divine creature. She is beyond reality. "Her eyes like angels watch them still"
"Of orient pearl a double row,
Which when her lovely laughter shows,
They look like rose-buds fill'd with snow"
Lips and teeth to rosebuds filled with snow. The rosebuds, pearls, and snow which describe her teeth makes us see them as beautiful white perfect teeth and build the image of a perfect woman with unmatched qualities.
Her lips to cherries. "Those sacred cherries to come nigh" Campion compares her lips to a fruit that symbolizes passion and a forbidden fruit, similar to those in the Garden of Eden. The author wants us to picture her lips as pure, unripe or unapproachable until permission is given.
"A heav'nly paradise is that place." Her face to paradise, that is desired but one has to pay a price to get there. Campion describes his woman as a goddess or divine, not to be touched or sinless.
He uses metaphors such as "There is a garden in her face"to portray femininity, radiance and beauty.
His admiration for her features show when he compares her cheeks to beautiful roses."Where roses and white lilies grow."
The poem portrays the author's admiration for the perfect beauty of the woman in his mind. He compares the woman to a garden which reflects natures beauty and radiance. He uses similes, metaphors and imagery to reflect her purity. He speaks of her as goddess with unmatched beauty. He has focused on her physical appearance and his desire to approach her physically.
Was an English composer, poet, and physician.
Born: February 12, 1567
Died: March 1, 1620
Explored the relationship of music and poetry.
The poem was published in 1606.
The woman cannot be as perfect and as beautiful as the author makes her out to be so it gives it a sense of falseness and makes the reader think that he is just dreaming of this woman.The false admiration in this poem shows the reader that society has a specific idea of beauty which is impossible for any woman or man to match. Campion's poem reflects this impossible ideal that society inflicts on us. The woman in There is a Garden in Her Face could never really live up to the image that the author has created of her.