Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Here you will find the Poem From The House Of Life The Sonnet of poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

From The House Of Life The Sonnet

A Sonnet is a moment's monument,
 Memorial from the Soul's eternity
 To one dead deathless hour. Look that it be,
 Whether for lustral rite or dire portent,
 Of its own arduous fulness reverent:
 Carve it in ivory or in ebony,
 As Day or Night may rule; and let Time see
 Its flowering crest impearl'd and orient.

 A Sonnet is a coin: its face reveals
 The soul,--its converse, to what Power 'tis due: --
 Whether for tribute to the august appeals
 Of Life, or dower in Love's high retinue,
 It serve; or, 'mid the dark wharf's cavernous breath,
 In Charon's palm it pay the toll to Death.