A Star In A Stoneboat Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: A BBB CCC DDD EEE FFF GGG HHH III JJJ KKK LLL MMM NNN OOO PPP QQQ RRR STT UUU

For Lincoln MacVeaghA
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Never tell me that not one star of allB
That slip from heaven at night and softly fallB
Has been picked up with stones to build a wallB
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Some laborer found one faded and stone coldC
And saving that its weight suggested goldC
And tugged it from his first too certain holdC
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He noticed nothing in it to remarkD
He was not used to handling stars thrown darkD
And lifeless from an interrupted arcD
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He did not recognize in that smooth coalE
The one thing palpable besides the soulE
To penetrate the air in which we rollE
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He did not see how like a flying thingF
It brooded ant eggs and bad one large wingF
One not so large for flying in a ringF
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And a long Bird of Paradise's tailG
Though these when not in use to fly and trailG
It drew back in its body like a snailG
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Nor know that be might move it from the spotH
The harm was done from having been star shotH
The very nature of the soil was hotH
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And burning to yield flowers instead of grainI
Flowers fanned and not put out by all the rainI
Poured on them by his prayers prayed in vainI
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He moved it roughly with an iron barJ
He loaded an old stoneboat with the starJ
And not as you might think a flying carJ
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Such as even poets would admit perforceK
More practical than Pegasus the horseK
If it could put a star back in its courseK
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He dragged it through the plowed ground at a paceL
But faintly reminiscent of the raceL
Of jostling rock in interstellar spaceL
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It went for building stone and I as thoughM
Commanded in a dream forever goM
To right the wrong that this should have been soM
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Yet ask where else it could have gone as wellN
I do not know I cannot stop to tellN
He might have left it lying where it fellN
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From following walls I never lift my eyeO
Except at night to places in the skyO
Where showers of charted meteors let flyO
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Some may know what they seek in school and churchP
And why they seek it there for what I searchP
I must go measuring stone walls perch on perchP
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Sure that though not a star of death and birthQ
So not to be compared perhaps in worthQ
To such resorts of life as Mars and EarthQ
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Though not I say a star of death and sinR
It yet has poles and only needs a spinR
To show its worldly nature and beginR
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To chafe and shuffle in my calloused palmS
And run off in strange tangents with my armT
As fish do with the line in first alarmT
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Such as it is it promises the prizeU
Of the one world complete in any sizeU
That I am like to compass fool or wiseU

Robert Frost



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