Monday, January 19, 2009

Jane Austen

To Miss ---

My first displays the wealth and pomp of kings,
Lords of the earth! their luxury and ease.
Another view of man, my second brings,
Behold him there, monarch of the seas!

But, ah! united, what a reverse we have!
Man's boasted power and freedom, all are flown;
Lords of the earth and sea, he bends a slave,
And woman, lovely woman, reigns alone.

Thy ready wit the word till soon supply,
May its approval beam in that soft eye!

A charade written about courtship, from the novel Emma. It captures the beauty of infatuation and the pride men are willing to give up altogether for an opportunity to be with the one they love. I like how the first stanza gives all these images of dominating men in power but by the second stanza all that power is so easily thrown away for the sole purpose of being in love. I believe vulnerability is a person's greatest fear when it comes to a relationship but when one is able to lay their heart out for another person, that is the true beauty of love.

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