Monday, March 19, 2012

Eloisa to Abelard - Alexander Pope,moving on

Unequal task! a passion to resign,
For hearts so touch'd, so pierc'd, so lost as mine.
Ere such a soul regains its peaceful state,
How often must it love, how often hate!
How often hope, despair, resent, regret,
Conceal, disdain — do all things but forget.

Yet here for ever, ever must I stay;
Sad proof how well a lover can obey!
Death, only death, can break the lasting chain;
And here, ev'n then, shall my cold dust remain,
Here all its frailties, all its flames resign,
And wait till 'tis no sin to mix with thine.

These are some of very beautiful lines from "eloisa to abelard" .These are say of a woman Elosia who has been abondened by her man Abelard.Landing on this passionate poem was a happy accident and one of the moments when I felt lucky to have some experience ,even if bitter. My only intention when sharing this is the sheer appreciation for the poem and the artist.For he wrote something so ageless that even after 400 years the poem connects to people of tender hearts, and that represents the basic human nature which stayed untouched from the winds of moon landings and genetic engineering. The poem is psycological post-mortem of a broken heart where the doctor gave report in most mystical, musical and elixir drenched words. Reading such a poem is one of those moments when you feel,"Oh my God this is what I wanted to say!!" Each word is meaningful and a concentrate of thousands of  emotions. That, to me, is purpose of poetry. To say in few lines what would have taken a thousand confused pages otherwise.
The forthcoming is a part which appears like an enchanted spell. The poet envies an untouched spotless soul of a virgin nun (which we can relate to that of innocent baby's) and says one of most beautiful lines ever said -

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd;


  1. I love the poem. Your explanation is equally appealing.

  2. sir, cant say thank you , else i would share the credit with poet very wrongly.

    but i am glad you share my appreciation for the poem.
    every word of it makes sense to me and am more than happy if others too read it and if possible feel it too.

  3. Interesting words. Yours especially.

  4. I hope you loved the poem more than my feels so good to hear comments like that..but then again the poet has said something that is beyond my words..for we shall die but this poem will live..
    that complete poem is very beautiful and the three para i chose were the ones i felt very connected with.
    thanks for taking out some time to drop comment..hope you read it with as much love as i did and if it doesn't pinch you the way it does to me,i envy you..for you must be the one described in last para..How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!


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