Symphony in Yellow


I have to say one of the wittiest writers in my opinion was Oscar Wilde. Oh, How he loved to make fun of society and hypocrisy, that said, Wilde also had a very sensitive side seen in his poetry. One of my favorite poems is “Symphony in Yellow.” His intense description of life through colors and movements in the poem is beautiful. His writing enthralls the reader to become part of the poem. One might think the poem would make reference to music in its stanzas, but it doesn’t. Now, what it does do is use key words to set the movement of its vivid aesthetic description of the speeds and colors of the things that might be seen around the Thames River, which might hint at the reason why Wilde titled the poem Symphony in Yellow.

Symphony in Yellow

By: Oscar Wilde

An omnibus across the bridge
Crawls like a yellow butterfly,
And, here and there a passer-by
Shows like a little restless midge.

Big barges full of yellow hay
Are moored against the shadowy wharf,
And, like a yellow silken scarf,
The thick fog hangs along the quay.

The yellow leaves begin to fade
And flutter from the temple elms,
And at my feet the pale green Thames
Lies like a rod of rippled jade.



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