The River-merchant's Wife: A Letter Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: A BCDEFF GHIJ KLMN OPQB NRSTUFMKVGW

After Li PoA
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While my hair was still cut straight across my foreheadB
I played at the front gate pulling flowersC
You came by on bamboo stilts playing horseD
You walked about my seat playing with blue plumsE
And we went on living in the village of ChokanF
Two small people without dislike or suspicionF
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At fourteen I married My Lord youG
I never laughed being bashfulH
Lowering my head I looked at the wallI
Called to a thousand times I never looked backJ
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At fifteen I stopped scowlingK
I desired my dust to be mingled with yoursL
Forever and forever and foreverM
Why should I climb the lookoutN
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At sixteen you departedO
You went into far Ku to en by the river of swirling eddiesP
And you have been gone five monthsQ
The monkeys make sorrowful noise overheadB
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You dragged your feet when you went outN
By the gate now the moss is grown the different mossesR
Too deep to clear them awayS
The leaves fall early this autumn in windT
The paired butterflies are already yellow with AugustU
Over the grass in the West gardenF
They hurt me I grow olderM
If you are coming down through the narrows of the river KiangK
Please let me know beforehandV
And I will come out to meet youG
As far as Cho fu saW

Ezra Pound



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