My Dove, My Beautiful One Poem by James Joyce

My Dove, My Beautiful One

Rating: 2.9


My dove, my beautiful one,
Arise, arise!
The night-dew lies
Upon my lips and eyes.

The odorous winds are weaving
A music of sighs:
Arise, arise,
My dove, my beautiful one!

I wait by the cedar tree,
My sister, my love,
White breast of the dove,
My breast shall be your bed.

The pale dew lies
Like a veil on my head.
My fair one, my fair dove,
Arise, arise!

My Dove, My Beautiful One
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Terry Craddock 02 February 2017

My dove, my beautiful one, Arise, arise! ' is the alluring enchantment of James Joyce whispering a magical fairy tale siren song to his beloved, the irresistable offer of night-dew lies/ Upon my lips and eyes' is the temptation bait for countless sweet kisses; the suggestion of must perfume in 'odorous winds are weaving/ A music of sighs' continures the musical siren song of love. The romantic isolation temptation of 'I wait by the cedar tree, / My sister, my love' is the call to a love tree of temptation, the temptation is further intensified with the sweet beautiful offer 'White breast of the dove, / My breast shall be your bed.' A sweet innocence is immediately echoed in the transparent temptation of the alluring dew, repeated with a differing tantalizing appeal, 'The pale dew lies/ Like a veil on my head.' The last stanza concludes with the imagery of the lover who should fleet swiftly fly to him, with the endearing words 'My fair one, my fair dove, / Arise, arise! ' thus ending a beautifully simple yet alluring love plea in a materfully crafted poem.

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Edward Kofi Louis 02 February 2017

Beautiful One. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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M Asim Nehal 02 February 2017

A nice little poem with perfect rhyme

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Bernard F. Asuncion 02 February 2017

Awesome! ! ! Thanks for sharing.....

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Anil Kumar Panda 02 February 2017

Very interesting poem. A song for the lover from the painful heart. Liked it.

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Dr Antony Theodore 01 November 2020

My dove, my beautiful one, Arise, arise! The night-dew lies Upon my lips and eyes. What a great expression. tony

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Kesav Easwaran 04 January 2020

Great piece. Romantic. Metaphoric.

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Chinonso Nzeakor 19 December 2017

Beautiful poem. Sweet like song.

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Tapan M. Saren 09 April 2017

Short and sweet poem.......

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Nick Kler 26 February 2017

Beautiful like a prayer. Amen

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