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Monday, September 22, 2014

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Sudden Light ... and Pia de' Tolomei

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Pia de' Tolomei
oil on canvas, 1868-1880
Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS
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Pia de' Tolomei (Siena, ... – Maremma, XIII secolo) fu, secondo una tradizione legata agli antichi commentatori della Divina Commedia, una gentildonna senese identificata con la Pia citata da Dante nel V canto del Purgatorio.

Sudden Light

I have been here before,
But when or how I cannot tell:
I know the grass beyond the door,
The sweet keen smell,
The sighing sound, the lights around the shore.

You have been mine before,—
How long ago I may not know:
But just when at that swallow's soar
Your neck turn'd so,
Some veil did fall,—I knew it all of yore.

Has this been thus before?
And shall not thus time's eddying flight
Still with our lives our love restore
In death's despite,
And day and night yield one delight once more?

Look in my face;
My name is Might-have-been;
I am also called No-More,
Too-late, Farewell

(Dante Gabriel Rossetti)



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