Lais When Young Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABBAABBA CDECDE

Lais when young and all her charms in flowerA
Lais whose beauty was the fateful lightB
That led great ships to anchor in the nightB
And bring their priceless cargoes to her bowerA
Lais yet found her cup of sweet turned sourA
Great Plato's pupil from his lofty heightB
Zenocrates unmoved had seen the whiteB
Sweet wonder of her and defied her powerA
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She snared the world in nets of subtle wilesC
The proud the famed all clamoured at her gateD
Dictators plead inside her porticoE
Wisdom sought madness in her favouring smilesC
Now was she made the laughing stock of fateD
One loosed her clinging arms and bade her goE

Ella Wheeler Wilcox



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