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"Is there none
will tell the King I love him though so late?"
-Idylls of the King, Tennyson

You never knew; if any saw him sail
away to fairer lands, it was not you—
who trapped inside endured the crushing view
of empty plaster-wall. Instead you paled
and wept, and watched the years passing away
in folds around your veins, and rosaries
of weathered beads, and in the way your knees
shook as the stones grew colder every day.

You never knew if he would come again;
if you would join him there and speak of love
and be anew all you once both had been
but sometimes knowing nothing is enough.
O Queen, you found your faith in bitter tears
and now believe in Arthur—and Guinevere.
Sonnet XLV: Guinevere
Yet another Arthurian sonnet! Guinevere is actually one of my favorite characters, despite the lack of writing I do about her--I find her very hard to capture. As with Gawain, Tennyson's Guinevere is not my favorite rendition of her, but I do find her farewell with Arthur appropriately tragic.

Anyway, critiques/comments are much appreciated!
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“Gawain went, and breaking into song
Sprang out.”
-Idylls of the King, Tennyson

When you were young, and leapt at all you saw
the sun was blazoned on the heart of day
and all the flowers of the sweet mid-May
were blooming then. How can this be a flaw—

To love the earth itself? The springtime seemed
to wake for you alone, and you would smile
and half-convince the world, with charming guile
that all could be as you had always dreamed.

When you were young, the world was very fair
but now even the might of glorious May
cannot prevent the dawn of your despair
nor drowning griefs. Perhaps it’s best you fell
before your dreams were utterly dispelled
and everything you loved had passed away.
Sonnet XLII: Gawain
Another Idylls of the King inspired sonnet, this time for Gawain. He doesn't have quite the heroic role in Tennyson as he does in many non-Malory based stories, but I always found this first introduction a great moment. The second half of the first line "he leapt at all he saw" is also taken directly from Tennyson. 

Let me know if you have any critiques/comments/questions! I'd especially be interested if you've read my Bedivere sonnet as well.

Sidenote: I put all my arthurian inspired poetry in one folder, so if that is something that interests you, check it out! 
The spring unfurls in golden threads of flowers
that settle in the earth, and break the ground
in hazy shoots. I did not think such power
emerged from sloping bulbs, or from the sound

of misting rain, or from the dart of light
that twists the trumpet-blooms away from me
and towards the sun. But these, somehow, are bright
beyond the spring alone; beyond what we

encounter daily on our gentle earth.
Their fearlessness is full of breaking joy
against the flooding hail, or trampled dirt
as if they know that nothing is destroyed

that cannot be remade; their blooms are frail
and yet against the world itself prevail.
Sonnet XL: In Spring
I'm in a sonnet mood. :) This one seems appropriate now that the weather is turning.

Also I'm rather amazed I finally got to 40 sonnets. I realize that is nothing compared to say, Parsat, but I'm still impressed with myself.
Thank you for the DD--it was such a great surprise!


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