A Study (A Soul)

She stands as pale as Parian statues stand;
Like Cleopatra when she turned at bay,
And felt her strength above the Roman sway,
And felt the aspic writhing in her hand.
Her face is steadfast toward the shadowy land,
For dim beyond it looms the light of day;
Her feet are steadfast; all the arduous way
That foot-track hath not wavered on the sand.
She stands there like a beacon thro' the night,
A pale clear beacon where the storm-drift is;
She stands alone, a wonder deathly white;
She stands there patient, nerved with inner might,
Indomitable in her feebleness,
Her face and will athirst against the light.

by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Comments (8)

A beautiful sonnet and great word power. Likes very much.
Love this sonnet...thanks to all
thanks CGR for why a lighthouse is Pharos.
Pretty intense a girl's fierce determination :)
Rossetti's sonnet is fine to read! The character like Cleopatra she has carved here standing as beacon light dimming bright all around gives the shape of flame or soul bright! Character depiction after a deep study perhaps makes this sonnet lively and real like to read!
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