The House of Life

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Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Introductory Sonnet

A Sonnet is a moment’s monument,—
Memorial from the Soul’s eternity
To one dead deathless hour. Look that it be,
Whether for lustral rite or dire portent,
Of its own arduous fulness reverent:
Carve it in ivory or in ebony,
As Day or Night may rule; and let Time see
Its flowering crest impearled and orient.

A Sonnet is a coin: its face reveals
The soul,—its converse, to what Power ’tis due:—
Whether for tribute to the august appeals
Of Life, or dower in Love’s high retinue,
It serve; or, ’mid the dark wharf’s cavernous breath,
In Charon’s palm it pay the toll to Death.

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Chicago: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Introductory Sonnet," The House of Life, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in The House of Life (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed June 2, 2020, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=EY68TDSKJ8QDETM.

MLA: Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. "Introductory Sonnet." The House of Life, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in The House of Life, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 2 Jun. 2020. originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=EY68TDSKJ8QDETM.

Harvard: Rossetti, DG, 'Introductory Sonnet' in The House of Life, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, The House of Life, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 2 June 2020, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=EY68TDSKJ8QDETM.