Poem introduction

This poem has ebullience, a riddle-like quality, a surge of imagery and feeling. It’s full of images of fertility and growth. Her poem suggests an ecstasy, possibly a fragile ecstasy and maybe finally an inward unknowable one. She uses an unusual medieval word; ‘vair’, which is a type of silvery-grey squirrel fur, very rare and costly.

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