Dante Gabriel Rossetti

(12 May 1828 – 9 April 1882 / London / England)

On Browning’s Sordello - Poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

“SORDELLO'S story,” the Sphinx yawned and said,
“Who would has heard.” Is that enough? Who could,
'Twere not amiss to add, has understood:
Who understood perhaps has profited.
For my part I could tell a tale instead
Of one who, dreaming of no likelihood
Even that the “Book” was going to end for good,
Turned the last page, and lo the book was read.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010

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