Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MAUBERLEY: 5. MEDALLION, by EZRA POUND

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First Line: Luini in porcelain!
Last Line: The eyes turn topaz.
Subject(s): Luini, Bernardino (1480-1532); Paintings & Painters

Luini in porcelain!
The grand piano
Utters a profane
Protest with her clear soprano.

The sleek head emerges
From the gold-yellow frock
As Anadyomene in the opening
Pages of Reinach.

Honey-red, closing the face-oval,
A basket-work of braids which seem as if they were
Spun in King Minos' hall
From metal, or intractable amber;

The face-oval beneath the glaze,
Bright in its suave bounding-line, as,
Beneath the half-watt rays,
The eyes turn topaz.

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