Desolation Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


I think that the bitterest sorrow or painA
Of love unrequited or cold death s woeB
Is sweet compared to that hour when we knowB
That some grand passion is on the waneA
When we see that the glory and glow and graceC
Which lent a splendour to night and dayD
Are surely fading and showing greyD
And dull groundwork of the commonplaceC
When fond expressions on dull ears fallE
When the hands clasp calmly without one thrillF
When we cannot muster by force of willF
The old emotions that came at callE
When the dream has vanished we fain would keepG
When the heart like a watch runs out of gearH
And all the savour goes out of the yearH
Oh then is the time if we could to weepG
But no tears soften this dull pale woeB
We must sit and face it with dry sad eyesI
If we seek to hold it the swifter joy fliesI
We can only be passive and let it goB

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


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