Valentine--to Lizzie Siddal Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AABBACDEEDFFGHFIIJJK LLMMLNFOOPQQRRQ

YESTERDAY was St ValentineA
Thought you at all dear dove divineA
Upon the beard in sorry trimB
And rueful countenance of himB
That Orson who's your ValentineA
He daubed you know as usualC
The stick would slip the brush would fallD
Yet daubed he till the lamplighterE
Set those two seedy flames astirE
But growled all day at slow St PaulD
The bore was heard ere noon the dunF
Was at the door by half past oneF
At least 'tis thought so but the clockG
No Lizzy there to help its strokeH
Struck work before the day begunF
At length he saw St Paul's bright orbI
Flash back the serried tide absorbI
That burning West which it sucked upJ
Like wine poured in a water cupJ
And one more twilight toned his daubK
Some time over the fire he satL
So lonely that he missed his catL
Then wildly rushed to dine on tickM
Nine minutes swearing for his stickM
And thirteen minutes for his hatL
And now another day is goneN
Once more that intellectual oneF
Desists from high minded pursuitsO
And hungry staring at his bootsO
Has not the strength to pull them onP
Come back dear Liz and looking wiseQ
In that arm chair which suits your sizeQ
Through some fresh drawing scrape a holeR
Your Valentine Orson's soulR
Is sad for those two friendly eyesQ

Dante Gabriel Rossetti



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