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Example of an Aubade Poem

Updated on February 29, 2020

An aubade is a poem traditionally written to lament the coming of the morning as a sign that two lovers must part, at least for the day. In the Middle Ages, minstrels and troubadors used the aubade to bring out a wide range of emotions related to the most painful love: that which is unrequited.

In the evening, you sing to your love, and that song would be called a serenade. In the morning, however, you sing an aubade. When you read an aubade, it may be formatted as a song about the coming dawn, or the feelings evoked by morning time, or it may focus on the early day's parting dialogue between lovers. An aubade can be a powerful piece of music with those concepts in mind.

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Aubade Unfinished - by Charlotte Anderson

The sun is cradled in the lap of midnight, I rest my weary eyes

fitfully resting amid a sea of blankets, until

it peeks, the black ichor of evening draining to a hazy grey.

Through the blinds slits of light appear, expand, travel

down the hard lines of your body, over your long black hair

warmth shared between our bodies, I know nothing less than

the headiest love for you, bright like the morning and hot

like the inferno which hangs now overhead.

This is my aubade, my homage to our love, spanning the nights

and brighter with each dawning day.

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      AP Literature Student 

      10 years ago

      What a wonderfully written poem! My AP teacher suggested this as a perfect example of the aubades we are learning in our poetry section right now! Thanks for sharing this :)

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      Kiz Robinson 

      12 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      So, I showed this poem to my fiance. He really loved it. Thank you all for your kind comments!

    • Patience Virtue profile image

      Patience Virtue 

      12 years ago from All Over

      Absolutely beautiful! The kind of thing we all wish we could write for our own love.

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      AuraGem 

      12 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      " the black ichor of evening" is absolutely mesmerising!

      A beautiful poem!

      Smiles and Light

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile image

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      12 years ago from Seattle

      Your poem makes me want to go crawl back into the hot sea of covers where my husband is still sleeping.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      12 years ago from Chennai

      Oh, good for you!

    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      12 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      I snuck the photo in after your comment. :P

      He won't mind, I think he'll be too focused on the pretty poem I wrote for him.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      12 years ago from Chennai

      Hey, that photo wasn't there last time! Or maybe it didn't load that time?

      Oh, you shared it with us before he saw it? He's a good guy if he doesn't mind!

    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      12 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      *blush* Thank you Kenny. When my fiance finally wakes up he's going to get to read this and hopefully he'll like it just as much.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      12 years ago from Chennai

      Great images, can visualise a good black and white image to go with this! Blinds...greying light...black hair...sea of blankets.

      Thank you, Charlotte, for that!

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