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Alabaster brow

Alabaster brow

An alabaster brow is an often-used (or even clichéd) literary device, used particularly in romantic fiction. It describes the forehead of someone who is particularly pale, and usually young and handsome/beautiful.


Its first recorded use was in 1894, in The Protestation, an ode by a British clergyman, Selwyn Image, that appeared in a collection entitled Poems and Carols:

DEAR Eyes, set deep within the shade
Of Love’s pale alabaster brow;
Of what strange substance are ye made,
That such enchantments on me now,
Resistless, by your grace are laid?

It is also famously used in *Anne of Green Gables *, a novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery published in 1908:

Her hair was pure gold rippling back from her alabaster brow.


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Jul 13, 2016, 7:04 PM