A Successful Man Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AABBCCDE DFFGGGG GGHHII GGJ

There was a man who killed a loving maidA
In some mad mood of passion and he paidA
The price upon a scaffold Now his nameB
Stands only as a synonym for shameB
There was another man who took to wifeC
A loving woman She was full of lifeC
Of hope and aspirations and her prideD
Clothed her like some rich mantleE
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First the wideD
Glad stream of life that through her veins had swayF
He dammed by rocks cast in it day by dayF
Her flag of hope flung gaily to the worldG
He placed half mast and then hauled down and furledG
The aspirations breathing in each wordG
By subtle ridicule were made absurdG
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The delicate fine mantle of her prideG
With rude unfeeling hands was wrenched asideG
And by mean avarice or vulgar showH
Her quivering woman's heart was made to knowH
That she was but a chattel bought to fillI
Whatever niche might please the buyer's willI
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So she was murdered while the slow years wentG
And her assassin honoured opulentG
Lived with no punishment or social banJ
'A good provider a successful man '-

Ella Wheeler Wilcox



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