Treasure Island

Geoffrey Chaucer

(c. 1343 – 25 October 1400 / London, England)

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Rondel of Merciless Beauty


Your two great eyes will slay me suddenly;
Their beauty shakes me who was once serene;
Straight through my heart the wound is quick and keen.

Only your word will heal the injury
To my hurt heart, while yet the wound is clean -
Your two great eyes will slay me suddenly;
Their beauty shakes me who was once serene.

Upon my word, I tell you faithfully
Through life and after death you are my queen;
For with my death the whole truth shall be seen.
Your two great eyes will slay me suddenly;
Their beauty shakes me who was once serene;
Straight through my heart the wound is quick and keen.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Michelle Claus (5/17/2014 9:59:00 PM)

    What girl or guy doesn't want to feel this captivating through the beauty and power of eyes? I adore this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Addy Adenawo (5/17/2014 3:57:00 AM)

    '...their beauty shake me who was once serene' that's the part that gets me plus his resignation to the loss of his self composure for a greater comfort; one of falling in love... (Report) Reply

  • Addy Adenawo (5/17/2014 3:55:00 AM)

    '...their beauty shake me who was once serene' that's the part that gets me plus his resignation to the loss of his self composure for a greater comfort; one of falling in love... (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (5/17/2014 3:49:00 AM)

    Very simple and clear write. A great poet for these days . Style is very common to all. (Report) Reply

  • Ramdas Bhandarkar (5/17/2012 11:23:00 AM)

    Geoffrey Chaucer is one of my favourite poet. He was the first to bring poetry to common man and based his poems on common people and their feeling. He is unique in english poetry! (Report) Reply

  • Carlos Echeverria (5/17/2012 10:30:00 AM)

    I love reading anything by Chaucer,
    but he was mare than his Canterbury Tales;
    his skills weren't limited to poetic travails.

    He was a businessman, diplomat, and courtier,
    dealing with wartime rival France with all that entails.
    I love reading anything by Chaucer,
    but he was more than his Canterbury Tales.

    I recommend a book by his biographer
    Marchette Gaylor Chute (try Amazon sales
    if your local bookstore fails) .
    I love reading anything by Chaucer,
    but he was more than his Canterbury Tales;
    his skills weren't limited to poetic travails. (Report) Reply

  • Deci Hernandez (5/17/2012 9:53:00 AM)

    the wound is quick and clean. no resolve except only your word will heal the injury. its kinda funny because sometimes you can see so much beauty in a person until you get to know them. (Report) Reply

  • Terence George Craddock (5/17/2010 12:39:00 PM)

    What wonderful beautiful eyes, we could search all our lives, and never find such eyes. The eyes are the window to the soul, what an exceptional soul. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (5/17/2010 2:51:00 AM)

    What is the power of beautiful eyes? Chaucer has beautifully expressed about it in this nice poem! (Report) Reply

  • Michael Pruchnicki (5/17/2009 5:02:00 PM)

    A rondel is written to demonstrate a poet's skill in composing a difficult French verse form. Those who take it to heart are missing the fun of the whole thing. The poet is using such a form as a practice in prosody. Concentrate on the rime-scheme and the repetition of certain lines in the refrain. It's similar to a problem in math, only words replace numbers!

    Don't get all emotional and lose your power of speaking, please! Enjoy it for what it is - a 14th century Middle English poem modeled on a French love poem! (Report) Reply

  • Michael Harmon (5/17/2009 2:24:00 AM)

    The father of all who use the English language. Any comments I could make would only be direct descendants of what he has provided me.

    :) (Report) Reply

  • Mark Nwagwu (5/17/2008 3:09:00 AM)

    i like this poem i like it a lot; eyes say it all, they pierce with joy; they flood the soul with love (Report) Reply

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