Conscientious Objector Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


I shall die butA
that is all that I shall do for DeathB
I hear him leading his horse out of the stallC
I hear the clatter on the barn floorD
He is in haste he has business in CubaE
business in the Balkans many calls to make this morningF
But I will not hold the bridleG
while he clinches the girthH
And he may mount by himselfI
I will not give him a leg upJ
Though he flick my shoulders with his whipK
I will not tell him which way the fox ranL
With his hoof on my breast I will not tell him whereM
the black boy hides in the swampN
I shall die but that is all that I shall do for DeathB
I am not on his pay rollO
I will not tell him the whereabout of my friendsP
nor of my enemies eitherQ
Though he promise me muchR
I will not map him the route to any man's doorD
Am I a spy in the land of the livingF
that I should deliver men to DeathB
Brother the password and the plans of our cityS
are safe with me never through me Shall you be overcomeT

Edna St. Vincent Millay


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