Sonnet: If By Dull Rhymes Our English Must Be Chain'd Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


If by dull rhymes our English must be chain'dA
And like Andromeda the Sonnet sweetB
Fetter'd in spite of pained lovelinessC
Let us find out if we must be constrain'dA
Sandals more interwoven and completeB
To fit the naked foot of poesyC
Let us inspect the lyre and weigh the stressC
Of every chord and see what may be gain'dA
By ear industrious and attention meetB
Misers of sound and syllable no lessC
Than Midas of his coinage let us beD
Jealous of dead leaves in the bay wreath crownE
So if we may not let the Muse be freeD
She will be bound with garlands of her ownF

John Keats


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