Elegy For Jane Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


My student thrown by a horseA
I remember the neckcurls limp and damp as tendrilsA
And her quick look a sidelong pickerel smileB
And how once started into talk the light syllables leaped for herC
And she balanced in the delight of her thoughtD
A wren happy tail into the windE
Her song trembling the twigs and small branchesA
The shade sang with herC
The leaves their whispers turned to kissingF
And the mould sang in the bleached valleys under the roseA
Oh when she was sad she cast herself down into such a pure depthG
Even a father could not find herC
Scraping her cheek against strawH
Stirring the clearest waterC
My sparrow you are not hereI
Waiting like a fern making a spiney shadowJ
The sides of wet stones cannot console meK
Nor the moss wound with the last lightL
If only I could nudge you from this sleepM
My maimed darling my skittery pigeonN
Over this damp grave I speak the words of my loveO
I with no rights in this matterC
Neither father nor loverC

Theodore Roethke


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