A Blue Valentine Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


For AlineA
Right Reverend Bishop ValentinusC
Sometime of Interamna which is called FerniA
Now of the delightful Court of HeavenA
I respectfully salute youD
I genuflectE
And I kiss your episcopal ringF
It is not MonsignoreB
The fragrant memory of your holy lifeG
Nor that of your shining and joyous martyrdomH
Which causes me now to address youD
But since this is your august festival MonsignoreB
It seems appropriate to me to stateE
According to a venerable and agreeable customH
That I love a beautiful ladyE
Her eyes MonsignoreB
Are so blue that they put lovely little blue reflectionsC
On everything that she looks atE
Such as a wallI
Or the moonA
Or my heartE
It is like the light coming through blue stained glassC
Yet not quite like itE
For the blueness is not transparentE
Only translucentE
Her soul's light shines throughB
But her soul cannot be seenA
It is something elusive whimsical tender wanton infantile wiseC
And nobleJ
She wears Monsignore a blue garmentE
Made in the manner of the JapaneseC
It is very blueB
I think that her eyes have made it more blueB
Sweetly staining itE
As the pressure of her body has graciously given it formK
Loving her MonsignoreB
I love all her attributesC
But I believeL
That even if I did not love herB
I would love the blueness of her eyesC
And her blue garment made in the manner of the JapaneseC
I have never before troubled you with a requestE
The saints whose ears I chiefly worry with my pleasC
are the most exquisite and maternal BrigidE
Gallant Saint Stephen who puts fire in my bloodE
And your brother bishop my patronA
The generous and jovial Saint Nicholas of BariB
But of your courtesy MonsignoreB
Do me this favourB
When you this morning make your wayM
To the Ivory Throne that bursts into bloom with rosesC
because of her who sits upon itE
When you come to pay your devoir to Our LadyB
I beg you say to herB
Madame a poor poet one of your singing servants yet on earthN
Has asked me to say that at this moment he is especially grateful to youB
For wearing a blue gownA

Joyce Kilmer


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