The Seeker Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABBA CDCD EFFE GH GH IJJI KLKL MNNM OPCP DQQD RSRS

The creeds he wrought of dream and thoughtA
Fall from him at the touch of lifeB
His old gods fail him in the strifeB
Withdrawn the heavens he soughtA
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Vanished the miracles that ledC
The cloud at noon the flame at nightD
The vision that he wing'd and spedC
Falls backward baffled from the heightD
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Yet in the wreck of these he standsE
Upheld by something grim and strongF
Some stubborn instinct lifts a songF
And nerves him heart and handsE
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He does not dare to call it hopeG
It is not aught that seeks rewardH
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Nor faith that up some sunward slopeG
Runs aureoled to meet its lordH
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It touches something elder farI
Than faith or creed or thought in manJ
It was ere yet these lived and ranJ
Like light from star to starI
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It touches that stark primal needK
That from unpeopled voids and vastL
Fashioned the first crude childish creedK
And still shall fashion till the lastL
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For one word is the tale of menM
They fling their icons to the sodN
And having trampled down a godN
They seek a god againM
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Stripped of his creeds inheritedO
Bereft of all his sires held trueP
Amid the wreck of visions deadC
He thrills at touch of visions newP
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He wings another Dream for flightD
He seeks beyond the outmost dawnQ
A god he set there and anonQ
Drags that god from the heightD
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But aye from ruined faiths and oldR
That droop and die fall bruised seedsS
And when new flowers and faiths unfoldR
They're lovelier flowers they're kindlier creedsS

Don Marquis



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