In a Gondola by Robert Browning
"In a Gondola" is a poem written by Robert Browning. A Gondola is a Venetian type row-boat often seen in movies. This poem is about Browning and his lover in a the Gondola and finding their love for one another. They end up kissing and making love before falling asleep. The reference to "flower" is generally seen as the women's lady bits. The mention of "petals up" means that she was ready to take him. Furthermore, bees in poetry are used mostly to mean something that pollinates or plants itself in something else.
This poem is written as two stanzas with seven lines in each. It's rhyme scheme is ABBACCA. The lines have varying meter lengths.
In a Gondola The moth's kiss, first! Kiss me as if you made believe You were not sure, this eve, How my face, your flower, had pursed Its petals up; so, here and there You brush it, till I grow aware Who wants me, and wide open I burst. The bee's kiss, now! Kiss me as if you enter'd gay My heart at some noonday, A bud that dares not disallow The claim, so all is rendered up, And passively its shattered cup Over your head to sleep I bow.
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Victorian, 19th Century
Boat, Love, Relationship, Flower, Nature