Psalm Concerning The Castle Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Let me be at the place of the castleA
Let the castle be within meB
Let it rise foursquare from the moat's ringC
Let the moat's waters reflect green plumage of ducks letD
nbsp nbsp nbsp the shells of swimming turtles break the surface or beB
nbsp nbsp nbsp seen through the rippling depthsE
Let horsemen be stationed at the rim of it and a dogF
nbsp nbsp nbsp always alert on the brink of sleepG
Let the space under the first storey be dark let the waterH
nbsp nbsp nbsp lap the stone posts and vivid green slime glimmer uponI
nbsp nbsp nbsp them let a boat be kept thereJ
Let the caryatids of the second storey be bears upheld onI
nbsp nbsp nbsp beams that are dragonsK
On the parapet of the central room let there be fourL
nbsp nbsp nbsp archers looking off to the four horizons Within letD
nbsp nbsp nbsp the prince be at home let him sit in deep thought atM
nbsp nbsp nbsp peace all the windows open to the loggiasK
Let the young queen sit above in the cool air her child inN
nbsp nbsp nbsp her arms let her look with joy at the great circle theO
nbsp nbsp nbsp pilgrim shadows the work of the sun and the play ofP
nbsp nbsp nbsp the wind Let her walk to and fro Let the columns upholdQ
nbsp nbsp nbsp the roof let the storeys uphold the columns let thereJ
nbsp nbsp nbsp be dark space below the lowest floor let the castle riseK
nbsp nbsp nbsp foursquare out of the moat let the moat be a ring andR
nbsp nbsp nbsp the water deep let the guardians guard it let there beB
nbsp nbsp nbsp wide lands around it let that country where it stands beB
nbsp nbsp nbsp within me let me be where it isK

Denise Levertov


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