A Waft Of Perfume Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


A waft of perfume from a bit of laceA
Moved lightly by a passing woman's handB
And on the common street a sensuous graceA
Shone suddenly from some lost time and landB
Tall structures changed to dome and parapetC
The stern faced Church an oracle becameD
In sheltered alcoves marble busts were setC
And on the wall frail Lais wrote her nameD
Phryne before her judges stood at bayE
Fearing the rigour of Athenian lawsF
Till Hyperides tore her cloak awayE
And bade her splendid beauty plead its causeG
Great Alexander walking in the duskH
Dreamed of the hour when Greek with Greek should meetI
From Thais' window attar breathed and muskH
His footsteps went no farther down the streetI
Faint and more faint the pungent perfume grewJ
Of wall and parapet remained no traceA
Temple and statue vanished from the viewJ
The city street again was commonplaceA

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


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