Swinburne, The Sundew

This is a love poem for summer. The sundew is a representation of summer. The speaker, in first person, captures the beauty of summer with lines like “we are vexed and cumbered in earth’s sight/with wants, with many memories.” This poem reminds me a little bit of the Romantics, with its focus on nature and its representation of hope. I particular like Swinburne’s focus on the minuscule sundew in order to explore the beauty of summer.

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