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Lullaby

Lullaby

by W.H. Auden

Love Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

Lay your sleeping head, my love,
Human on my faithless arm; (1-2)

This is a really intimate way to begin a poem. It's almost as if we're overhearing the speaker whispering to his lover in bed.

Quote #2

Mortal, guilty but to me
The entirely beautiful. (9-10)

The speaker knows that his beloved isn't perfect. Instead of being a problem, his mortality and guiltiness is what makes him worth loving. It's what makes him beautiful to the speaker.

Quote #3

Soul and body have no bounds: (11)

It seems here like the lovers are all tangled up in each other, both physically and emotionally.

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