Symphony in Yellow

Symphony in Yellow:

Symphony in Yellow poem wording

An omnibus across the bridge
Crawls like a yellow butterfly
And, here and there, a passer-by
Shows like a little restless midge.

Big barges full of yellow hay
Are moored against the shadowy wharf,
And, like a yellow silken scarf,
The thick fog hangs along the quay.

The yellow leaves begin to fade
And flutter from the Temple elms,
And at my feet the pale green Thames
Lies like a rod of rippled jade.

Symphony in Yellow
Symphony in Yellow by Oscar Wilde

Symphony in Yellow Meaning

‘Symphony in-Yellow’ was written in 1889 as a result of the influence the Aesthetic movement had on Wilde and vice versa.

This poem isn’t really a poem, in essence, it is a painting that makes the reader visualize everything he or she is reading.

Symphony in Yellow
Symphony in Yellow

If you read the poem intensely and immediately close your eyes, you will actually see a languid yellow butterfly and a passer-by on a bridge. If you can lean down the railing of the bridge, you will find the river Thames flowing beneath.

This is exactly the kind of magic Wilde creates. He will make you paint the picture of a perfect day in your mind. In no time, you will be lost in the world he had created so many years ago.

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