To Marguerite: 'Isolation' and 'Continued'

Matthew Arnold, read by Alan Brownjohn


To Marguerite: 'Isolation' and 'Continued'

Matthew Arnold, read by Alan Brownjohn


Poem introduction

Arnold's two lyric poems 'To Marguerite', part of a sequence with the title 'Switzerland', appear to have been love poems connected with an earlier meeting or relationship. In the first, 'Isolation', the two people having not long met, have already parted and he deplores – in a reticent and even rather mysterious way – the loneliness resulting from this and the feeling of unrequited love. In the second, 'To Marguerite: Continued' he develops the idea of love continuing despite a separation as complete as when two land masses break up.

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