Analyze the poem "Labysheedy (The Silken Bed)" in terms of themes, style, and the meaning derived from the poem.

"Labysheedy (The Silken Bed)" is a love poem in which the speaker pays tribute to the beauty of a woman. The main themes are thus love and beauty, and the meaning of the poem is that great beauty should be celebrated. In terms of the style the poem, it is written in the first person and in free verse.

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The main themes of the poem are love and beauty. The speaker is clearly in love with the woman to whom he addresses the poem, and he seems to be in love with her mostly because of how beautiful she is. In the opening line of the poem, "I'd make a bed for you," the speaker suggests that he would like to lie down with the woman. The implication is that he would like to have sex with her. This implication is made more explicit at the end of the poem when the speaker wistfully proclaims, "what a pleasure it would be / to have our limbs entwine, / wrestling." Earlier in the poem the speaker also describes how he imagines the bare skin of the woman might feel against his own ("silk upon silk") and how he imagines her lips might taste ("sweet as sugar") should they ever kiss.

In terms of the meaning of the poem, we might surmise that, as far as the speaker is concerned, there is meaning in imagining intimate relations with the woman he describes. The speaker seems to gain a degree of fulfilment and pleasure from imagining this encounter between himself and the woman. Perhaps the idea is simply that there is joy and contentment to be found in the celebration of great physical beauty and in the physical union between two people.

Stylistically the poem is written as one unbroken stanza. There is no regular rhyme scheme or syllabic meter. This lack of rhythm and structure means that the poem is written in free verse. The effect of this is to lend a degree of authenticity and sincerity to the sentiments expressed by the speaker. The fact that there are no obvious structural features suggests that the speaker's words are authentic rather than affected and spontaneous and genuine rather than planned and cynical.

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