|Fritillaries at Sissinghurst. Photo by Syd Cross
|Birds and flowers, or, Lays and lyrics of rural life (1873)
Throwing a net, soft round the limbs and heart,
Captivity soft and abhorrent, a close-meshed net,
—See the square web on the murrey flesh of the flower—
Holding her captive close with her bare brown arms.
Close to her little breast beneath the silk,
A gipsy Judith, witch of a ragged tent (The Land 49).
|Fritillaries from Coleman's British Butterflies (pl X)
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 In her essay on one sentence from Orlando, .ane DeGay locates Wordsworth’s use of “snaky” to suggest homoeroticism in Book III of The Prelude and connects it to an episode in Spenser’s Faerie Queene which connects the “snake in the grass” motif to the legend of Persephone (60-1).