Away Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AA BB CC DD EF GG HH II JJ JJ KK AA

I cannot say and I will not sayA
That he is dead He is just awayA
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With a cheery smile and a wave of the handB
He has wandered into an unknown landB
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And left us dreaming how very fairC
It needs must be since he lingers thereC
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And you O you who the wildest yearnD
For the old time step and the glad returnD
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Think of him faring on as dearE
In the love of There as the love of HereF
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And loyal still as he gave the blowsG
Of his warrior strength to his country's foesG
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Mild and gentle as he was braveH
When the sweetest love of his life he gaveH
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To simple things Where the violets grewI
Blue as the eyes they were likened toI
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The touches of his hands have strayedJ
As reverently as his lips have prayedJ
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When the little brown thrush that harshly chirredJ
Was dear to him as the mocking birdJ
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And he pitied as much as a man in painK
A writhing honey bee wet with rainK
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Think of him still as the same I sayA
He is not dead he is just awayA

James Whitcomb Riley



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