Her Voice Poem by Oscar Wilde

Her Voice

Rating: 3.5


THE wild bee reels from bough to bough
With his furry coat and his gauzy wing.
Now in a lily-cup, and now
Setting a jacinth bell a-swing,
In his wandering;
Sit closer love: it was here I trow
I made that vow,

Swore that two lives should be like one
As long as the sea-gull loved the sea,
As long as the sunflower sought the sun,--
It shall be, I said, for eternity
'Twixt you and me!
Dear friend, those times are over and done,
Love's web is spun.

Look upward where the poplar trees
Sway and sway in the summer air,
Here in the valley never a breeze
Scatters the thistledown, but there
Great winds blow fair
From the mighty murmuring mystical seas,
And the wave-lashed leas.

Look upward where the white gull screams,
What does it see that we do not see?
Is that a star? or the lamp that gleams
On some outward voyaging argosy,--
Ah! can it be
We have lived our lives in a land of dreams!
How sad it seems.

Sweet, there is nothing left to say
But this, that love is never lost,
Keen winter stabs the breasts of May
Whose crimson roses burst his frost,
Ships tempest-tossed
Will find a harbour in some bay,
And so we may.

And there is nothing left to do
But to kiss once again, and part,
Nay, there is nothing we should rue,
I have my beauty,--you your Art,
Nay, do not start,
One world was not enough for two
Like me and you.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Patricia Northall 20 March 2014

I found this a very romantic, but rather sad too. Wilde certainly has a style so different to poets such as Keats, Byron, even Wordsworth. The length of this poem is just right, and the first verse takes you right to the heart of his thoughts and feelings of a love that cannot be, but remembers so well their time together in the second verse, climaxing with such clarity their parting, and insignificance in the world around them. I felt very much the emotional need, and separation between two lovers. Pat Northall

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Catherine Harper 18 January 2013

I don't know for you but I have to admit that it is the greatest poem that history has met It's actually my fav...And just to answer to mr.Straw, a poet can make to his poem whatever he wants...You can't tell the artist not to paint the sea pink or tell the musician to stop writing his own music or tell the poet not to write something out of the world...And for Oscar Wilde's defence I may be a 14-year-old girl and maybe I know nothing of poetry, but I know that everubody knows Wilde so you can comment on his work but not the way you did... PS I'm so sorry for any grammtical or vocabulary mistakes but I'm Greek....

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ldeerman6 08 April 2019

hey whats yo snap

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Steven Harris 20 March 2013

Even after all these years, it still works.

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Colleen Courtney 20 March 2014

Gosh, haven't read this in a long time. It still and will forever be an amazing piece. How can anyone not appreciate the beauty?

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Patrick O''Conor-Mason 05 February 2020

Amazing outstanding poem

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Sarah Shahzad 14 January 2020

Incredible..! ! This is such a powerful peace to read.. :)

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Nicole Settimi 29 March 2019

'I have my beauty, - you your Art, Nay, do not start, One world was not enough for two Like me and you.' - These last four lines are everything. I also loved a poem which delivers its very best at the end. Great write from an extraordinary writer. Xx NDS

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Sunita Chandla 04 July 2018

How musically the bee flows and the time follows it

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Chinedu Dike 14 January 2017

Beautiful and insightfully brought forth.

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