Winding Wool Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABABCDCD EFEFBGBA HFHFDGDA

She'd bring to me a skein of woolA
And beg me to hold out my handsB
so on my pipe I cease to pullA
And watch her twine the shining strandsB
Into a ball so snug and neatC
Perchance a pair of socks to knitD
To comfort my unworthy feetC
Or pullover my girth to fitD
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As to the winding I would swayE
A poem in my head would singF
And I would watch in dreamy wayE
The bright yarn swiftly slenderingF
The best I liked were coloured strandsB
I let my pensive pipe grow coolG
Two active and two passive handsB
So busy wining shining woolA
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Alas Two of those hands are coldH
And in these days of wrath and wrongF
I am so wearyful and oldH
I wonder if I've lived too longF
So in my loneliness I sitD
And dream of sweet domestic ruleG
When gentle women used to knitD
And men were happy winding woolA

Robert Service



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