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Analysis


Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

Though this poem has a slightly casual feel to it—the subject matter and tone is relaxed and content—it's actually pretty formally buttoned up. Your eye will immediately catch the fact that all...

Speaker

A man in love—our speaker plays a very important role in this poem, because not only is he describing what he is doing and how he feels, but he gives us a small window into what his lover might b...

Setting

This poem takes place at home, in bed—lazy bones style. It's pretty much the most appropriate setting we can think of for a celebration of lovers. As we find out in the second-to-last stanza, the...

Sound Check

Wilbur does a seriously impressive job of making the language of this poem sound familiar and intimate through the second person perspective, while also sticking to a strict rhyme scheme. It's toug...

What's Up With the Title?

An "aubade" is a poem, or piece of music, written about dawn or morning. Those of you who are not early risers might need to snag a cup of coffee before you can get on the same level of psyched as...

Calling Card

Wilbur is just as in touch with the cosmos and all things "big," important, and existential as the next universe-pondering poet (see "Love Calls us to the Things of This World"), but he also takes...

Tough-o-Meter

Once you get past the few tricky vocabulary words, and realize that our speaker is going to do a little jumping around at the beginning of the poem, things clear up pretty quickly. No rain or unexp...

Trivia

Wilbur's poetry career began when the Saturday Evening Post published a poem of his while he was away fighting in the war (1944). It's not the worst thing that could happen in your absence! (Source...

Steaminess Rating

While there is no actual sex in this poem, its implications are all over the place. They've been in bed all morning together, and they don't seem to be straying too far. Somebody clear the steam of...
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