Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Perplexed Music

In this poem, Elizabeth Barrett Browning uses music in "sad perplexed minors" as a metaphor for life's travails. Humans look for "completed cadences" and "certain tune" but angels have tuned their ears to the point where it all sounds sweet.

"Perplexed Music" is a poem of comfort. Due to the difficult vocabulary and sentence structures as much as the metaphor, it is one that many students will need quite a bit of help with.