E.p. Ode Pour L'election De Son Sepulchre Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABAB CDCD EEFE GHEI JAKA LMNO PQQQ EAEA RQQQ QSQS TQQQ UQCQ QCEC QQVQ WCWC QTQ AEQECEE EEXTYQUZQ EA2Q E EQQQ UA2AB2C C2D2 QQ

For three years out of key with his timeA
He strove to resuscitate the dead artB
Of poetry to maintain the sublimeA
In the old sense Wrong from the startB
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No hardly but seeing he had been bornC
In a half savage country out of dateD
Bent resolutely on wringing lilies from the acornC
Capaneus trout for factitious baitD
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Idmen gar toi panth hos eni troieE
Caught in the unstopped earE
Giving the rocks small lee wayF
The chopped seas held him therefore that yearE
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His true Penelope was FlaubertG
He fished by obstinate islesH
Observed the elegance of Circe's hairE
Rather than the mottoes on sun dialsI
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Unaffected by the march of eventsJ
He passed from men's memory in l'an trentuniesmeA
de son eage the case presentsK
No adjunct to the Muses' diademA
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II-
The age demanded an imageL
Of its accelerated grimaceM
Something for the modern stageN
Not at any rate an Attic graceO
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Not certainly the obscure reveriesP
Of the inward gazeQ
Better mendacitiesQ
Than the classics in paraphraseQ
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The age demanded chiefly a mould in plasterE
Made with no loss of timeA
A prose kinema not not assuredly alabasterE
Or the sculpture of rhymeA
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III-
The tea rose tea gown etcR
Supplants the mousseline of CosQ
The pianola replacesQ
Sappho's barbitosQ
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Christ follows DionysusQ
Phallic and ambrosialS
Made way for macerationsQ
Caliban casts out ArielS
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All things are a flowingT
Sage Heracleitus sayQ
But a tawdry cheapnessQ
Shall outlast our daysQ
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Even the Christian beautyU
Defects after SamothraceQ
We see to kalonC
Decreed in the market placeQ
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Faun's flesh is not to usQ
Nor the saint's visionC
We have the press for waferE
Franchise for circumcisionC
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All men in law are equalsQ
Free of PisistratusQ
We choose a knave or an eunuchV
To rule over usQ
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O bright ApolloW
Tin andra tin heroa tina theonC
What god man or heroW
Shall I place a tin wreath uponC
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IV-
These fought in any caseQ
And some believingT
pro domo in any caseQ
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Some quick to armA
some for adventureE
some from fear of weaknessQ
some from fear of censureE
some for love of slaughter in imaginationC
learning laterE
some in fear learning love of slaughterE
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Died some pro patriaE
non dulce not et decorE
walked eye deep in hellX
believing old men's lies then unbelievingT
came home home to a lieY
home to many deceitsQ
home to old lies and new infamyU
usury age old and age thickZ
and liars in public placesQ
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Daring as never before wastage as never beforeE
Young blood and high bloodA2
fair cheeks and fine bodiesQ
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fortitude as never beforeE
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frankness as never beforeE
disillusions as never told in the old daysQ
hysterias trench confessionsQ
laughter out of dead belliesQ
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VU
There died a myriadA2
And of the best among themA
For an old bitch gone in the teethB2
For a botched civilizationC
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Charm smiling at the good mouthC2
Quick eyes gone under earth's lidD2
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For two gross of broken statuesQ
For a few thousand battered booksQ

Ezra Pound



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