The Riddle Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Stretching eyes westB
Over the seaC
Wind foul or fairD
Always stood sheC
Prospect impressedB
Solely out thereD
Did her gaze restB
Never elsewhereD
Seemed charm to beC
Always eyes eastE
Ponders she nowF
As in devotionG
Hills of blank browF
Where no waves ploughF
Never the leastE
Room for emotionG
Drawn from the oceanG
Does she allowF

Thomas Hardy


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Jack A Butler: mentioned in Martha Grimes's novel Vertigo 42. Poem reads to me like a woman who was always looking far out and away for love and beauty, never up close, and as a result now cannot accept or believe in such love or beauty.

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