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Under the Balcony by Oscar Wilde

Analysis

"Under the Balcony" is a romantic poem written by Oscar Wilde. The poem is written with the narrator under the balcony (hence the title of the poem) of his loved one. The narrator starts to imagine various aspects of nature (and ships!) while standing beneath the balcony. In essence, the poet hopes that she will wake up, come out to greet him, put a flower in her hair, and leave together on a ship, all while the birds continue to sing (and louder while she is still asleep so they will wake her).

"Under the Balcony" is a four stanza poem where each stanza has eight lines. The lines are rhymed ABACCBAB. There doesn't seem to be any particular meter structure.

Poem

Under the Balcony
By 

O beautiful star with the crimson mouth!
O moon with the brows of gold!
Rise up, rise up, from the odorous south!
And light for my love her way,
Lest her little feet should stray
On the windy hill and the wold!
O beautiful star with the crimson mouth!
O moon with the brows of gold!

O ship that shakes on the desolate sea!
O ship with the wet, white sail!
Put in, put in, to the port to me!
For my love and I would go
To the land where the daffodils blow
In the heart of a violet dale!
O ship that shakes on the desolate sea!
O ship with the wet, white sail!

O rapturous bird with the low, sweet note!
O bird that sits on the spray!
Sing on, sing on, from your soft brown throat!
And my love in her little bed
Will listen, and lift her head
From the pillow, and come my way!
O rapturous bird with the low, sweet note!
O bird that sits on the spray!

O blossom that hangs in the tremulous air!
O blossom with lips of snow!
Come down, come down, for my love to wear!
You will die on her head in a crown,
You will die in a fold of her gown,
To her little light heart you will go!
O blossom that hangs in the tremulous air!
O blossom with lips of snow!

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