Rondel Of Merciless Beauty

Your two great eyes will slay me suddenly;
Their beauty shakes me who was once serene;
Straight through my heart the wound is quick and keen.

Only your word will heal the injury
To my hurt heart, while yet the wound is clean -
Your two great eyes will slay me suddenly;
Their beauty shakes me who was once serene.

Upon my word, I tell you faithfully
Through life and after death you are my queen;
For with my death the whole truth shall be seen.
Your two great eyes will slay me suddenly;
Their beauty shakes me who was once serene;
Straight through my heart the wound is quick and keen.

by Geoffrey Chaucer

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BECAUSE we have forgotten our ancestors Our children no longer give us honer Kneeling in perilous undergrowth
Only your word will heal the injury. Great poem! SYLVA
This beautiful poem is a variation of the Rondel. The first stanza should be a quatrain, but the last line is absent. The poet wanted to suggest that the lover was that person who should add the last line. It was a way to make the missing line become a future response. The first line belonging to the next stanza is relevant, ''Only your word will heal the injury''. Any wound must be clean in order to be cured. The poet's wound was not a common one; he felt his heart suffering. Only love has the holy power of perfection. Usually, the lovers end up wounding each other. This is the consequence of living in this world where the imperfection certainly happens in time. Even they love each other and keep the perfection in their minds, the suffering cannot be avoided. In the poem, this remedial process implies forgiveness, acceptance, and love. Jesus welcomed all who followed Him and told them to love each other. (John 6: 37 and 15: 12) . Usually, the Rondel ends with the first line of the poem. This poem ended with the whole first stanza because it was a need to underline the importance of the holy love for the deep wound. The poet was crying out for a quick positive attitude while being in the imminence of death. It was not the silence to create an invisible barrier in the communication between lovers but the idea of unfaithfulness. The beauty of her eyes shook him, but he waited for her loving gaze in a desperate attempt to save the relationship. Moreover, he called for her words of love. This way, the line, ''Your two great eyes will slay me suddenly; '' gains the main importance in the poem and the whole poem becomes a desperate letter coming from a dying lover. I voted 10.
The looks in beauty kills and the person who falls in love only knows the consequences.
An amazing poem with profound emotions. Thanks for sharing it here.
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