‘Summum Bonum’ by Robert Browning is a fairly straightforward and memorable poem about love and how it is far more important, and valuable than any beautiful summer day or shining gemstone.
The image of kissing is the final part of the poem. The poet ends the text by informing readers that he desires love more than gemstones and pearls or all the beauty of the natural world.
All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee:
All the wonder and wealth of the mine in the heart of one gem:
In the core of one pearl all the shade and the shine of the sea:
‘In the Light of the Moon’ by Delmira Agustini explores the power of the moon. The speaker is drawn to the moon due to its white innocence and its power to soothe her soul.
Kissing is an important image in this poem. The poet describes the intense passion and longing that two lovers feel for each other, and kissing physically manifests their desire. Agustini's use of sensual language and vivid imagery in her descriptions of kissing emphasizes its erotic nature and power to convey intense emotion.
The moon is pallid and sad, the moon is bloodless and cold.
I imagine the half-moon as a profile of the dead ...
And beyond the rekilled and praised pallor
Of Arab pearls, I prefer the rose in recent bud.
‘Jenny Kiss’d Me’ by Leigh Hunt is a powerful declaration of happiness in the face of the passage of time. A great deal of joy can be found in a single happy memory, the speaker suggests.
While the poem does not solely focus on kissing, a kiss is one of the poet's major images. Jenny kissed the speaker for one reason or another, and he still feels incredibly thankful for this happy memory.
Jenny kiss’d me when we met,
Jumping from the chair she sat in;
Time, you thief, who love to get
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