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Swinburne, Algernon Charles. "The Garden of Proserpine".


- the presumably dead speaker describes the bleak and barren garden of Proserpine around him

- observes we are all to die and retire neither to heaven nor to hell but to the sleepy garden of Proserpine

- describes the queen of Proserpine and her activities

- contrasts the permanent but colourless garden x the always changing but colourful mortal life

- conclusion: retires to "the sleep eternal / In an eternal night"


- Proserpine = the queen of the underworld, goddess of death and eternal sleep, kept a garden of ever-blooming flowers

- melodic: regular rhyme, alliteration, repetition

- lyric: no plot, turning point, or solution

- even monotonous: suggests the unchanging permanence of the setting


  • Author

    Swinburne, Algernon Charles. (1837 - 1909).
  • Full Title

    "The Garden of Proserpine".
  • First Published

    In: Poems and Ballads. London: Hotten, 1866.
  • Form


Works Cited

Swinburne, Algernon Charles. "The Garden of Proserpine". Poems and Ballads. (1866). London: Chatto and Windus, 1899.


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