Saturday, August 10, 2013

Review of "Wild Rose" by Bryher


"Wild Rose" by Bryher, the pen name of Annie Winifred Ellerman (1894 - 1983) was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on August 10, 2013.  As a love poem, I doubt that it would have had the desired affect.  The lover is compared to a wild rose--not the most original metaphor.  Then white moss is used for comparison--not the best choice, I think.  Finally, mention is made that the lover chases goats up mountains--again, not the best choice of words.  If true, if the subject of the poem were a goat herder, there are so many other pastoral tropes that could have been used.  Perhaps this poem is a satire or inside joke?

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