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Anne Hathaway
'Item I gyve unto my wife my second best bed ...'
(from Shakespeare's will)
The bed we loved in was a spinning world
of forests, castles, torchlight, clifftops, seas
where we would dive for pearls. My lover's words
were shooting stars which fell to earth as kisses
on these lips; my body now a softer rhyme
to his, now echo, assonance; his touch
a verb dancing in the centre of a noun.
Some nights, I dreamed he'd written me, the bed
a page beneath his writer's hands. Romance
and drama played by touch, by scent, by taste.
In the other bed, the best, our guests dozed on,
dribbling their prose. My living laughing love -
I hold him in the casket of my widow's head
as he held me upon that next best bed.…read more

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Anne Hathaway
An epigraph ­ a
quotation from
'Item I gyve unto my wife my second best bed ...'
Shakespeare's
Will (from Shakespeare's will)
Giddy with love
The bed we loved in was a spinning world Emphasises
The bed the
of forests, castles, torchlight, clifftops, seas the physical
centre of
where we would dive for pearls. My lover's words relationship
imaginary
universe were shooting stars which fell to earth as kisses
on these lips; my body now a softer rhyme She "rhymes"
Literary terms to his, now echo, assonance; his touch with him but
used to show their a verb dancing in the centre of a noun. retains own
relationship Some nights, I dreamed he'd written me, the bed identity
a page beneath his writer's hands. Romance
and drama played by touch, by scent, by taste. Links these
In the other bed, the best, our guests dozed on, plays with
WS wrote in love/passion
dribbling their prose. My living laughing love -
verse
I hold him in the casket of my widow's head
as he held me upon that next best bed. Alliteration, echo
of joyful sounds
Shakespearian Holds precious
rhyming couplet memories…read more

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