Mrs. Purkapile Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


He ran away and was gone for a yearA
When he came home he told me the silly storyB
Of being kidnapped by pirates on Lake MichiganC
And kept in chains so he could not write meB
I pretended to believe it though I knew very wellD
What he was doing and that he metE
The milliner Mrs Williams now and thenF
When she went to the city to buy goods as she saidG
But a promise is a promiseH
And marriage is marriageI
And out of respect for my own characterJ
I refused to he drawn into a divorceK
By the scheme of a husband who had merely grown tiredL
Of his marital vow and dutyB

Edgar Lee Masters


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