Composition in progress – The Poem

Yesterday I finally settled on a poem that I like for use in my choral composition. It is an Australian Poem (as my scaffolding calls for) by Henry Lawson.

 

We love the land when the world goes round,
And deep, deep down in her thorny ground,
Where nobody comes, and nobody knows,
We love the Rose. Oh! we love the Rose.

And none to tell us, and none to teach
By the western hedge or the shelving beach,
But all of us know what everyone knows,
We love the Rose. Oh! we love the Rose.

We love the rose when our day is dead,
And they lay their roses upon our bed;
Too late! Too late! in our last repose!
But we love the Rose. Ah! we love the Rose.

I chose this poem due to it’s similarity to the A Boy and A Girl poem structure, 3 verses, in seemingly some form of chronological narrative order.
I can also see some potential for word painting, in the lyrics such as ;”deep, deep down in her thorny ground”.
I’m not really sure what this poem is supposed to be about, but for me as I read it I felt like it was a metaphor for the stages of life, wanting and waiting for something all your life until it is finally given to you too late.
I’m looking forward to doing my more brainstorming on this poem to find the music in it.
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