Wedding-ring Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABCDEFGHIFJKLMNOPQFP R

My wedding ring lies in a basketA
as if at the bottom of a wellB
Nothing will come to fish it back upC
and onto my finger againD
nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp It liesE
among keys to abandoned housesF
nails waiting to be needed and hammeredG
into some wallH
telephone numbers with no names attachedI
idle paperclipsF
nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp It can't be given awayJ
for fear of bringing ill luckK
nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp It can't be soldL
for the marriage was good in its ownM
time though that time is goneN
nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp Could some artificerO
beat into it bright stones transform itP
into a dazzling circlet no one could takeQ
for solemn betrothal or to make promisesF
living will not let them keep Change itP
into a simple gift I could give in friendshipR

Denise Levertov

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