(Article/content is below...)

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.

Next: Life in Love
Recommended Content
Find out more information about this poem and read others like it.


Literary Movement
Victorian, 19th Century

Boat, Love, Relationship, Flower, Nature

Last update: