Sidney Lanier

(1842-1881 / Macon / Georgia)

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The Wedding


O marriage-bells, your clamor tells
Two weddings in one breath.
SHE marries whom her love compels:
-- And I wed Goodman Death!
My brain is blank, my tears are red;
Listen, O God: -- "I will," he said: --
And I would that I were dead.
Come groomsman Grief and bridesmaid Pain
Come and stand with a ghastly twain.
My Bridegroom Death is come o'er the meres
To wed a bride with bloody tears.
Ring, ring, O bells, full merrily:
Life-bells to her, death-bells to me:
O Death, I am true wife to thee!

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Rookie - 635 Points Nika Mcguin (3/25/2014 12:26:00 PM)

    complex and astounding, but overall captivating. I love that this is short, but packed with depth! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,544 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (3/25/2014 9:16:00 AM)

    Truly a much complicated composition as an institutional access called Wedding. Yet, characters are many within the emotional intelligence. Sometimes emerges the passion of penetration, sometimes deviating from the crude line of making -love. Death, undoubtedly the hero of all hankerings. Poet tries to establish with strong metaphor. And again, yet, a line touches me as a poem many times does the same........

    To wed a bride with bloody tears.

    It spells as the war begins for the past to snatch the beauty from the present.

    Pranab k c
    24/03/2014 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 150 Points Alfred Barna (3/25/2013 4:26:00 AM)

    By our very births, we make vows down the aisles path
    Love, tears, fears, and mirths, write down our epitath (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Undead Perez (3/25/2010 6:58:00 PM)

    In a weird amusing way, this was rather captivating. I like how he uses death and marriage. Together, they sound kinda fit for each other. This is good :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joseph Poewhit (3/25/2010 4:00:00 AM)

    That analogy of death as a marriage, is like a line of poem gold, in the mine tunnel of the poetry world. [far out] (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 294 Points Ramesh T A (3/25/2010 1:51:00 AM)

    All cannot escape the marriage of one with death some day or other! This truth poet says wonderfully well in this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Richard L. Provencher (3/25/2009 9:10:00 AM)

    A very well written poem. It conveys so vividly how much love has been displaced by one who did capture the prize. I am new to this site and this poem took much time and pain to come to fruition. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Edith Oram (3/25/2008 12:52:00 PM)

    What a poem1 You can really plum the depths of his grief at losing the one he loves to another. The wedding viewed from a very different perspective. What passion. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bianca Diana (5/7/2006 7:30:00 PM)

    What lovely and morbid words, that they seem to flow along with your tears; mingled as both sorrow and beauty. A truly grand expression of heart. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sayed Jemal Houssein-Afghani (3/29/2005 1:40:00 PM)

    SIDNEY CLOPTON LANIER, Oh Lord of the craft.
    MAy all read and know
    of your marvelous glow,
    And the manner of infinite pleasure
    While tasting your path of poetic treasures.
    H/A (Report) Reply

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