Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Guitarist Tunes Up Frances Cornford

With what attentive courtesy he bent
Over his instrument;
Not as lordly conqueror who could
Command both wire and wood,
But as a man with a loved woman might,
Inquiring with delight
What slight essential things she had to say
Before they started, he and she, to play.

This poem is passionate. The author compairs the quitarists passion for his instrument just the same as a passionate and loving relationship should be. The man is not bent over his instrument with power and greed but with love and compassion just as a man should do the same for a woman he loves. This love and compassion can be reflected into anyone's passions. A person who is passionate for reading, writing, singing, playing, composing, making, anything; these things a person is passionate about shoud be with love and care not with cruelty and power. The poem has a continued sentence with only a period at the very end. The rhyme scheme is a, a, b, b. This adds to the flow of the poem. It is almost as if the guitarist is playing this poem in his song. Also from the flow the reader can imagine the guitarist playing for his lover and his sweet music is compassionate and caring just as his feelings for his loved one is. This is a fun love poem.


  1. It is passionate. Good word for the tone. You've done a nice job on this one.

  2. I liked hearing what you had to say after I did this poem myself. I liked that you uses passionate to describe it also and that your tone matched the tone of the poem, lovely and flowy.