TRISTAN & ISOLDE ~ A Tragic Love Sonnet






ISOLDE  was brought from IRELAND to be

MARKE'S (King of Cornwall} ~ so sad Trophy Bride !

TRISTAN  was Marke's Nephew and Loyalist

ISOLDE  wanted to kill TRISTAN ~ and

HERSELF !  Asked Maid to prepare poison !


BRANGANG   prepares a Love Potion instead !

TRISTAN & ISOLDE  drink it and fall

DEEPLY in LOVE ~ before thy reach Cornwall !

MARKE  marries ISOLDE ~ but She has secret

TRYST with TRISTAN ~ they are seen by MARKE and

MELOT (LOYALIST) wounds TRISTAN ~ Flees to France


ISOLDE  comes to TRISTAN ~ But he dies

ISOLDE ~ overcome with grief ~ KILLS HERSELF !


Thanks for visiting ~ comments welcome ~ Love BRIAN XOX


This Poem is dedicated to FAY ~ who is Queen of Cornwall ! 


This POEM is presented as a Blank Verse Sonnet ~ Iambic Pentameter


  • Michael Edwards

    Like he choice of painting - our chemist is out of love potion at the moment. Informative poem Brian - thanks for posting.


      Thanks MICHAEL ~ pleased you liked the Painting and the Poem. SANDYS has captured Her Pathos. The 21st C LP is VIAGRA ! Yours BRIAN

    • Adri

      "Be careful what you drink, and who you drink it with," such a true statement. I always loved the story of Tristan and Isolde such a beautiful love story filled with sadness. I really enjoyed this poem Brian! Another one perfectly written! 🦋

      • BRIAN & ANGELA

        Thanks ADRI ~ I trust my Poem & Picture did justice to your perception of Tristan & Isolde ! When i saw the picture ~ the Sonnet composed itself ! For flow and recitability each line in Blank Verse must be co-syllabic ~ OK Love butterflies ~ love the "seal of approval" ! Yours BRIAN (UK)

        • Adri

          Always the teacher Brian! Thank you,🦋

        • orchidee

          Oohh I'm too un-culture - in me sherry times anyway! - to know all this. A fine write Brian!

          • BRIAN & ANGELA

            Well STEVE ~ Opera and Ballet are just a melding (good word) of Poetry ~ Music ~ Dance and are two Art Forms not just for the Posh & Privileged (The Gin & Tonic Class) but even for people who drink British Sherry from Asda ! I know ~ deep down ~ you love Opera & Ballet but you want to conceal your softer and more academic side ! Yours as ever BRIAN

          • Candlewitch

            dear Brian,

            I like the easy way you have explained this tragic story. I am interested in reading more about it. thank you for calling my attention to this write! :)

            *hugs, Cat

            • BRIAN & ANGELA

              Thanks CAT ~ the Opera is four hours long ~ BUT ~ the music lifts you to heaven. Love you for your encouraging comments ~ Hugs & Cuddles ~ BRIAN XOX

            • malubotelho

              Nice writing Brian. Bought classically from old times. I love those past classic romances. Thanks for sharing

              • BRIAN & ANGELA

                .Thanks MALU ~ Classical literature and paintings are great places to stir ones muse and the 14 lines of a Sonnet are a great challenge to encompass a 4 hour Wagner Opera ! Pleased you enjoyed it ~ Classic Hugs BRIAN

              • Fay Slimm.

                Deeply honoured for the dedication my friend - - the tragic tale of Isolde the "trophy bride" and told with your flair for the romantic captures the feel of Wagner's opera and brings back the sounds of its wonderful music. A real classic and penned as a sonnet is fit for a Queen !! This goes for sure into my favourites.

                • BRIAN & ANGELA

                  Thanks FAY ~ Technically on should ask before one dedicates ~ but i knew you would appreciate this Sonnet and the Cornish connection. Both you and I (and others) like to bring a little culture to MPS. This seems to be appreciated. Yours BRIAN

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