I Don-t Remember The Word I Wished To Say Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABAB CDED FGFG HIJI ABAB KILI

I don t remember the word I wished to sayA
The blind swallow returns to the hall of shadowB
on shorn wings with the translucent ones to playA
The song of night is sung without memory thoughB
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No birds No blossoms on the dried flowersC
The manes of night s horses are translucentD
An empty boat drifts on the naked riverE
Lost among grasshoppers the word s quiescentD
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It swells slowly like a shrine or a canvas sheetF
hurling itself down mad like AntigoneG
or falls now a dead swallow at our feetF
with a twig of greenness and a Stygian sympathyG
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O to bring back the diffidence of the intuitive caressH
and the full delight of recognitionI
I am so fearful of the sobs of The MusesJ
the mist the bell sounds perditionI
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Mortal creatures can love and recognise sound mayA
pour out for them through their fingers and overflowB
I don t remember the word I wished to sayA
and a fleshless thought returns to the house of shadowB
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The translucent one speaks in another guiseK
always the swallow dear one AntigoneI
on the lips the burning of black iceL
and Stygian sounds in the memoryI

Osip Emilevich Mandelstam



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