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The Garden by

Lovecraft
Theres an ancient, ancient garden that I see
sometimes in dreams,
Where the very Maytime sunlight plays and glows
with spectral gleams;
Where the gaudy-tinted blossoms seem to wither
into grey,
And the crumbling walls and pillars waken thoughts
of yesterday.
There are vines in nooks and crannies, and theres
moss about the pool,
And the tangled weedy thicket chokes the arbour
dark and cool:
In the silent sunken pathways springs an herbage
sparse and spare,
Where the musty scent of dead things dulls the
fragrance of the air.
There is not a living creature in the lonely space
around,
And the hedge-encompassd quiet never echoes to a
sound.

As I walk, and wait, and listen, I will often seek to


find
When it was I knew that garden in an age long left
behind;

I will oft conjure a vision of a day that is no more,


As I gaze upon the grey, grey scenes I feel I knew
before.
The poem is divided by four stanzas, each one composed by four verses.
A quatrain in the form AABB.

Theres an ancient, ancient garden that I see sometimes in dreams, A


Where the very Maytime sunlight plays and glows with spectral gleams; A First Stanza
Where the gaudy-tinted blossoms seem to wither into grey, B
And the crumbling walls and pillars waken thoughts of yesterday. B

There are vines in nooks and crannies, and theres moss about the pool, A
And the tangled weedy thicket chokes the arbour dark and cool: A Second Stanza
In the silent sunken pathways springs an herbage sparse and spare, B
Where the musty scent of dead things dulls the fragrance of the air. B

There is not a living creature in the lonely space around, A


And the hedge-encompassd quiet never echoes to a sound. A Third Stanza
As I walk, and wait, and listen, I will often seek to find B
When it was I knew that garden in an age long left behind; B

I will oft conjure a vision of a day that is no more, A


As I gaze upon the grey, grey scenes I feel I knew before. A Fourth Stanza
Then a sadness settles oer me, and a tremor seems to start: B
For I know the flowrs are shrivelld hopesthe garden is my heart! B
Elements and
figures
Voice: lyric poem

Stanzas: 4 stanzas of 4 verse each one. And its rhyme


scheme is AABB

Sound: slant rhyme dreams and Gleams. Assonant:


Spare and Air

Rhythm: Trochaic tetrameter (4 beats). Iambic


pentameter (5 beats)

Figure of speech: metaphor (comparison his heart and


garden)

I will oft conjure a vision of a day that is no more,


As I gaze upon the grey, grey scenes I feel I knew before.

Then a sadness settles oer me, and a tremor seems to start:


For I know the flowrs are shrivelld hopesthe garden is my
heart!
Analysis
His dream is about past or old memories that are represented in
the garden with a ghostly atmosphere. And it could mean
something dark or a dead of someone.
Every line before emphases of that depressing and dark feeling,
even the ways, which connected the things in the garden, that
garden is a symbol of himself, bad situation or bad thing
happened that he could not change.
The narrator uses old English, for example:

Oft: often
Maytime: season of May: Spring (First use
14th century)
flowrs: flowers
oer: over
shrivelld: shriveled
encompassd: encompassed (in those two
last examples the author abbreviate or
condense the word the past tense