The Dead Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AB CDE FGC HC IJG K LM NGO GPQ CRC ST C GUV WUM X

Their reward isA
they become innocent againB
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and when they reappear in memoryC
death has completely erasedD
the blurs given them boundaries They riseE
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and move through their new world with cleanF
clear edges My grandmother in particularG
has become buoyant unattached finallyC
-
from her histories from the trappingsH
of family By no means was sheC
-
a good woman But the dead don't care anymore for thatI
Weightless they no longer assumeJ
responsibility they no longerG
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have bodies OnceK
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at the end of August after swimmingL
in the muddy pondM
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I'd gone into the living room coolN
as vodka where my grandmotherG
sat Greed thins a womanO
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I remember her rings biggerG
than her fingersP
Water ran down my legsQ
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onto the floor becoming slipperyC
and my grandmother her breathR
scratchy from cigarettes and blended whiskeyC
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leaned into my ear and whisperedS
you're an ugly girl Do I haveT
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to forgive her My mother tells meC
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no one ever loved herG
so when I see her I see her again in the parkU
in her pink tailored suit suede pumpsV
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I see her moving among the strangeW
gentlemen that have gathered the darkU
powerful men She is still young blondeM
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and most of all she is beyond reach beautifulX

Kate Northrop



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