Lament Of The Frontier Guard Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


By the North Gate the wind blows full of sandA
Lonely from the beginning of time until nowB
Trees fall the grass goes yellow with autumnC
I climb the towers and towersD
to watch out the barbarous landA
Desolate castle the sky the wide desertE
There is no wall left to this villageF
Bones white with a thousand frostsG
High heaps covered with trees and grassH
Who brought this to passH
Who has brought the flaming imperial angerI
Who has brought the army with drums and with kettle drumsJ
Barbarous kingsK
A gracious spring turned to blood ravenous autumnC
A turmoil of wars men spread over the middle kingdomC
Three hundred and sixty thousandL
And sorrow sorrow like rainM
Sorrow to go and sorrow sorrow returningN
Desolate desolate fieldsO
And no children of warfare upon themP
No longer the men for offence and defenceQ
Ah how shall you know the dreary sorrow at the North GateR
With Rihoku's name forgottenS
And we guardsmen fed to the tigersD

Ezra Pound


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