Madonna Mia (Poem by Oscar Wilde)

Madonna Mia Facts:
  • This poem by Oscar Wilde (pictured), is in simple terms, a rhyming, metaphorical story.
  • It has an Italian Sonnet formula - consisting of a stichic syllabic structure & stressing according to a pentameter.
  • In simple terms, this means each verse line is 10 syllables, but only five of which are stressed.
  • The poem is divided into two sections - "an eight-line `octave' of two quatrains, rhymed [abbaacca], followed by a six-line `sestet' usually rhymed [cdeced]" (Baldick).
  • All of the caesuras coincide with punctuation in the poem.
Madonna Mia

A lily-girl, not made for this world's pain,
With brown, soft hair close braided by her ears,
And longing eyes half veiled by slumberous tears
Like bluest water seen through mists of rain:
Pale cheeks whereon no love hath left its stain,
Red underlip drawn in for fear of love,
And white throat, whiter than the silvered dove,
Through whose wan marble creeps one purple vein.
Yet, though my lips shall praise her without cease,
Even to kiss her feet I am not bold,
Being o'ershadowed by the wings of awe,
Like Dante, when he stood with Beatrice
Beneath the flaming Lion's breast, and saw
The seventh Crystal, and the Stair of Gold.

by Oscar Wilde

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