This is poem of society, culture and proper etiquette. Ladies are treated delicately and with the utmost respect. Gentlemen pursue a woman’s countenance. Hers is to respond with favor and perhaps a bit of gratitude, or not.
In this poem, the lady is swept away into the world of love, breathless and dreamy, waiting patiently for love to be fulfilled.
The lady no longer wears amethyst jewels on the hand that was kiss’d. Symbolically, I think, of royalty, because of the color purple and its gem. The second kiss was its own reward, an anointing of love. Indeed, she was chosen and chooses this developing bond. The third kiss is perfection, again a royal hue, and it is this amazing kiss that fully steals her heart, allowing her to declare her love in return.
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