Poetry Corner The Venus of Milo

On 8th April 1820 The Venus De Milo was rediscovered on the South Aegean Island of Milos. The sculpture is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch and date back to 100BC. In the main she is thought to depict Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, however it is also suggested she may be Amphitrite; Greek Goddess of the Sea.

She is now found as part of the Greek antiquities within The Louvre.

Venus De Milo

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The Venus of Milo

Backward she leans, as when the rose unblown

Slides white from its warm sheath some morn in May!
Under the sloping waist, aslant, her zone
Clings as it slips in tender disarray;
One knee, out-thrust a little, keeps it so
Lingering ere it fall; her lovely face
Gazes as o’er her own Eternity!
Those armless radiant shoulders, long ago
Perchance held arms out wide with yearning grace
For Adon by the blue Sicilian sea.

No; thou eternal fount of these poor gleams,
Bright axle-star of the wheeling temporal skies,
Daughter of blood and foam and deathless dreams,
Mother of flying Love that never dies,
To thee, the topmost and consummate flower,
The last harmonic height, our dull desires
And our tired souls in dreary discord climb;
The flesh forgets its pale and wandering fires;
We gaze through heaven as from an ivory tower
Shining upon the last dark shores of Time.

White culmination of the dreams of earth,
Thy splendour beacons to a loftier goal,
Where, slipping earthward from the great new birth,
The shadowy senses leave the essential soul!
Oh, naked loveliness, not yet revealed,
A moment hence that falling robe will show
No prophecy like this, this great new dawn,
The bare bright breasts, each like a soft white shield,
And the firm body like a slope of snow
Out of the slipping dream-stuff half withdrawn.

By Alfred Noyes

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