What is the meaning of the poem, “My Picture” by Abraham Cowley?

Updated on August 6, 2022

What is the meaning of this poem?

My Picture by Abraham Cowley

HEre, take my Likeness with you, whilst ’tis so;

For when from hence you go,

The next Suns rising will behold

Me pale, and lean, and old.

The Man who did this Picture draw,

Will swear next day my face he never saw.

2.

I really believe, within a while,

If you upon this shadow smile,

Your presence will such vigour give,

(Your presence which makes all things live) 10

And absence so much alter Me,

This will the substance, I the shadow be.

3.

When from your well-wrought Cabinet you take it,

And your bright looks awake it;

Ah be not frighted, if you see,

The new-soul’d Picture gaze on Thee,

And hear it breath a sigh or two;

For those are the first things that it will do.

4.

My Rival-Image will be then thought blest,

And laugh at me as dispossest; 20

But Thou, who (if I know thee right)

I’th substance dost not much delight,

Wilt rather send again for Me.

Who then shall but my Pictures Picture be.

6 Answers

  • It’s about growing old. Remembering the person that you courted and married and had children with, they as the years pass grow old but the memory does not. ‘Take my likeness with you’ is that memory and once forgotten and the original grows ‘ pale, and lean and old’ that is all that you will have but it will remind you of the person you loved when they were young. They are still the same person but in a different (old) body.

  • My Picture Abraham Cowley Analysis

  • This Site Might Help You.

    RE:

    What is the meaning of the poem, “My Picture” by Abraham Cowley?

    What is the meaning of this poem?

    My Picture by Abraham Cowley

    HEre, take my Likeness with you, whilst ’tis so;

    For when from hence you go,

    The next Suns rising will behold

    Me pale, and lean, and old.

    The Man who did this Picture draw,

    Will swear next day my face he never…

  • I am drinking Bordeaux (Chateau Branda, Saint-Emilion 2003) while answering this question, and I definitely like your poem. It has nothing to do with the wine. Even completely sober, I would like it. I think I would love to be able to make journeys to Mars but come back to Earth as well.

  • Note :

    this link is not by any way an answer

    its just a merry Christmas‘s card for every body in the poetry section

    i hope that you like it or at least that it makes you smile to the new year yet to come

    Happy New Year 2011

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2LmlidHdoQ&feature

    Peace !

  • For the best answers, search on this site shorturl.im/axCje

    Earth. Wow, the poem(s) are amazing.. breathtaking. How old are you, did you write these by yourself?! You must get your work published.

See also  8 Exemptions