Classic and Contemporary Poetry
VOWEL SONNET, by ARTHUR RIMBAUD Poet's Biography
First Line: A black, e white, I red, u green, o blue
Last Line: O omega, violet ray of her eyes.
Subject(s): Sonnet (As Literary Form); Vowels
A black, E white, I red, U green, O blue,
Vowels; some day I shall reveal your birth:
A, black velvet swarm of flies that over earth
Buzz to the foulest stench, abyss of hue
Sombre; E frank with smoke and fierce intents,
Spears of proud glaciers, white kings, sun-shade strips;
I purple of spitting blood, laugh of fair lips
In anger or in drunken penitence;
U, cycles, divine rhythm of the seas,
Peace of beast-strewn pastures, wrinkles that crease
Brows whereon the furrow of learning lies,
O, great lightning, with strange clamors hurled
Over the quiet of angels and the world,
O omega, violet ray of her eyes.
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