On The Beach At Night Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


ON the beach at nightA
Stands a child with her fatherB
Watching the east the autumn skyC
Up through the darknessD
While ravening clouds the burial clouds in black masses spreadingE
Lower sullen and fast athwart and down the skyC
Amid a transparent clear belt of ether yet left in the eastF
Ascends large and calm the lord star JupiterB
And nigh at hand only a very little aboveG
Swim the delicate brothers the PleiadesH
From the beach the child holding the hand of her fatherB
Those burial clouds that lower victorious soon to devour allI
Watching silently weepsJ
Weep not childK
Weep not my darlingE
With these kisses let me remove your tearsL
The ravening clouds shall not long be victoriousD
They shall not long possess the sky shall devour the stars only inM
Jupiter shall emerge be patient watch again another night theO
Pleiades shall emergeP
They are immortal all those stars both silvery and golden shallQ
shine out againR
The great stars and the little ones shall shine out again theyS
The vast immortal suns and the long enduring pensive moons shallQ
again shineU
Then dearest child mournest thou only for JupiterB
Considerest thou alone the burial of the starsV
Something there isW
With my lips soothing thee adding I whisperB
I give thee the first suggestion the problem and indirectionU
Something there is more immortal even than the starsV
Many the burials many the days and nights passing awayS
Something that shall endure longer even than lustrous JupiterB
Longer than sun or any revolving satelliteA
Or the radiant brothers the PleiadesH

Walt Whitman


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