Botticelli ‘Allegory of Spring’


Botticelli’s ‘Allegory of Spring’

The painter’s brush gives voice to Greece and Rome:
Poliziano’s poems depict just how
the pagan, Venus, with her loving om
now stands with Cupid’s arrow ‘oer her brow.

When Zephyrus germinates his girl with air
then gentle Flora has her flowered fling;
inseminates imaginings so fair
that airily her vines awake to spring.

Three graces waltz and turn in harmony
as past and present to the future bows.
As Botticelli’s dance;  sublime and free,
may Mercury fragment the forming clouds.

“‘Humanitarian’, this Venus play”
or, thus, the Pope defines her in his day.

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6 Comments on “Botticelli ‘Allegory of Spring’”

  1. Jen
    March 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

    Your words are always so gorgeous.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. susanwritesprecise
    March 28, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    If I could write poetry liken this, I’d be all set. Truly lovely, Jacqueline. Beautiful!


  3. Suzanne
    March 29, 2015 at 2:51 pm #


    Liked by 1 person

  4. Leigh W. Smith
    March 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

    None of the sonnet forms, perhaps most especially the Shakespearean, is easy to capture; I really admire what you’ve done here to grab onto that invisible beast and pull forth a pantheon of beauty. I think the second quattrain is my favorite, with its visually and aurally alliterative “germinate[ing] his girl with air,” “flowered fling,” and “inseminates imaginings.” It’s clear you’ve spent much effort on perfecting your voice in the Shakespearean form.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. jacquelinecaseypoetry
    March 30, 2015 at 12:40 am #

    Thank you so much, Leigh, for your careful read. I will be visiting your site.


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