The Poet Fears Failure Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABCDEFGH IEJKL AMNO MAAPQ G

The poet fears failureA
so she saysB
Hold on penC
what if the criticsD
hate meE
with that questionF
she blots out more linesG
than any critic couldH
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The critic is only doing his jobI
keeping the poet lonelyE
He barksJ
like a dog at the doorK
when the master comes homeL
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It's in his doggy natureA
If he didn't know the poetM
for the bossN
he wouldn't bark so loudO
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the poetM
It's in her natureA
to fear failureA
but not to let that fearP
blot outQ
-
her linesG

Erica Jong



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