The Plain Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AB CDE FG HA IJ KL MN OE GKP EGQR I STU KH

I was alone with a chair on a plainA
Which lost itself in an empty horizonB
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The plain was flawlessly pavedC
Nothing absolutely nothing but the chair and ID
were thereE
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The sky was forever blueF
No sun gave life to itG
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An inscrutable insensible lightH
illuminated the infinite plainA
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To me this eternal day seemed to be projectedI
artificially from a different sphereJ
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I was never sleepy nor hungry nor thirstyK
never hot nor coldL
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Time was only an abstruse ghostM
since nothing happened or changedN
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In me Time still lived a littleO
This mainly thanks to the chairE
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Because of my occupation with itG
I did not completelyK
lose my sense of the pastP
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Now and then I'd hitch myself as if I were a horse to the chairE
and trot around with itG
sometimes in circlesQ
and sometimes straight aheadR
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I assume that I succeededI
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Whether I really succeeded I do not knowS
Since there was nothing in spaceT
By which I could have checked my movementsU
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As I sat on the chair I pondered sadly but not desperatelyK
Why the core of the world exuded such black lightH

Jean Arp



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