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Poetry Analysis

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Deanna Menke

on 2 October 2012

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In the Gold Room - A Harmony Oscar Wilde Her ivory hands on the ivory keys
Strayed in a fitful fantasy,
Like the silver gleam when the poplar trees
Rustle their pale-leaves listlessly,
Or the drifting foam of a restless sea
When the waves show their teeth in the flying breeze.

Her gold hair fell on the wall of gold
Like the delicate gossamer tangles spun
On the burnished disk of the marigold,
Or the sunflower turning to meet the sun
When the gloom of the dark blue night is done,
And the spear of the lily is aureoled.

And her sweet red lips on these lips of mine
Burned like the ruby fire set
In the swinging lamp of a crimson shrine,
Or the bleeding wounds of the pomegranate,
Or the heart of the lotus drenched and wet,
With the spilt-out blood of the rose-red wine. In the Gold Room - A Harmony Oscar Wilde A woman is playing the piano absentmindedly as a man watches her. The man thinks she is beautiful and compares her to flowers and other scenes from nature. He is quite clearly in love with her. At some point, she kisses him. She is in love with him as well. Summary Love and lust are not mutually
exclusive. Themes Everything can be revealed through nature. Color Symbolism: Poetic Devices "Her ivory hands on the ivory keys (L1)" White: Pure, sacred, youth "Like the silver gleam when the poplar trees
Rustle their pale-leaves listlessly (L2-3)" Silver: Reliability, modesty "Her gold hair fell on the wall of gold
Like the delicate gossamer tangles spun
On the burnished disk of the marigold (L7-9)" Gold: Sacred, luck, wealth Blue: "When the gloom of the dark blue night is done (L11)" Color of Virgin Mary, life, purity - like water Red: "And her sweet red lips on these lips of mine
Burned like the ruby fire set
In the swinging lamp of the crimson shrine (L13-15)" Love, lust, life, vitality, aggression Simile Poetic Devices (continued) "Her ivory hands on the ivory keys
Strayed in a fitful fantasy
the silver gleam when the poplar trees
Rustle their pale-leaves listlessly (L1-4)" Like "Her gold hair fell on the wall of gold
the delicate gossamer tangles spun
On the burnished disk of the marigold (L7-9)" Like Significant Images The gold room "Her gold hair fell on the wall of gold" The piano The flowers "Her ivory hands on the ivory keys
Strayed in a fitful fantasy (L1-2)" "Like the delicate gossamer tangles spun
On the burnished disk of the marigold,
Or the sunflower turning to meet the sun
When the gloom of the dark blue night is done,
And the spear of the lily is aureoled (L8-12)." "Or the heart of the lotus drenched and wet
With the spilt-out blood of the rose-red wine (L17-18)." Summer Again - The Afters The Song First person narrator Literary Devices Hands Hair Lips "Her ivory hands on the ivory keys
Strayed in a fitful fantasy (L1-2)" "Her gold hair fell on the wall of gold (L7)" "And her sweet red lips on these lips of mine (L13)" This song, though it tells a different story, is also trying to reveal a relationship through natural images. It also feature prominent piano-playing, just like "In the Gold Room." Deanna Menke Love is natural and is as beautiful as nature.
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