Sister Maude


Sister Maude 

Who told my mother of my shame,
   Who told my farther of my dear?
Oh who but Maude, my sister Maude,
   Who lurked to spy and peer.

The rhetorical question here is used to accuse. Maude is the only name we get in the poem, it is a name meaning powerful. The  caesura here reflects the poets frustration. There is a lot of negative langauge giving us the impression the narrator is mad, 

Cold he lies, as cod as stone,
   With his clotted curls about his face:
The comeliest corpse in all the world 
   And worthy of a queen's embrace. 

There are connotations of death here, the simile "as cold as stone…


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