Bonnard's Garden Summary & Study Guide

Rick Barot
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Stanza 1

The first four-line stanza of “Bonnard's Garden” contains two punctuated phrases: each ends in a period, but neither is a complete sentence. The ornate language describes fragmented images, leaving the reader's imagination to fill in the empty spaces. The word “illuminated” could mean “lit up” or perhaps “made clearly understood.” Jasmine and phlox are types of flowers; turgid means “swollen with fluid.”

Stanza 2

The second stanza is a complete sentence. A “sleepwalking girl” has apparently placed a number of paper airplanes “on the vines,” that is, presumably, on the “vine-dense walls” referred to in stanza 1. The planes are “wrecked” and “sodden,” suggesting, perhaps, the presence of dew. The word “blooms” is repeated at the end of the stanza's third and fourth lines; no other rhyme structure is present.

Stanza 3

The third stanza, two complete sentences followed by two phrases, begins with paint curling out of tubes, implying...

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