Poet Adam Lindsay Gordon

Adam Lindsay Gordon

A Dedication Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABBBBBBBCDEDFGGDHIHI BBBIBJBJKKKJLMGMGGGM BGBGBBBG

They are rhymes rudely strung with intent lessA
Of sound than of wordsB
In lands where bright blossoms are scentlessB
And songless bright birdsB
Where with fire and fierce drought on her tressesB
Insatiable Summer oppressesB
Sere woodlands and sad wildernessesB
And faint flocks and herdsB
Where in drieariest days when all dews endC
And all winds are warmD
Wild Winter's large floodgates are loosen'dE
And floods freed by stormD
From broken up fountain heads dash onF
Dry deserts with long pent up passionG
Here rhyme was first framed without fashionG
Song shaped without formD
Whence gather'd The locust's glad chirrupH
May furnish a staveI
The ring os rowel and stirrupH
The wash of a waveI
The chauntof a marsh frog in rushesB
That chimes through the pauses and hushesB
Of nightfall the torrent that gushesB
The tempests that raveI
In the deep'ning of dawn when it dapplesB
The dusk of the skyJ
With streaks like the redd'ning of applesB
The ripening of ryeJ
To eastward when cluster by clusterK
Dim stars and dull planets that musterK
Wax wan in a world of white lustreK
That spreads far and highJ
In the gathering of night gloom o'er head inL
The still silent changeM
All fire flush'd when forest trees reddenG
On slopes of the rangeM
When the gnarl'd knotted trunks EucalyptianG
Seemed carved like weird columns EgyptianG
With curious device quaint inscriptionG
And heiroglyph strangeM
In the Spring when the wattle gold tremblesB
'Twixt shadow and shineG
When each dew laden air draught resemblesB
A long draught of wineG
When the skyline's blue burnished resistanceB
Makes deeper the dreamiest distanceB
Some song in all hearts hath existenceB
Such songs have been mineG

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