Out Of The Cradle Endlessly Rocking Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Out of the cradle endlessly rockingB
Out of the mocking bird's throat the musical shuttleC
Out of the Ninth month midnightD
Over the sterile sands and the fields beyond where the child leaving his bed wander'd alone bare headed barefootE
Down from the shower'd haloF
Up from the mystic play of shadows twining and twisting as if they were aliveG
Out from the patches of briers and blackberriesH
From the memories of the bird that chanted to meI
From your memories sad brother from the fitful risings and fallings I heardJ
From under that yellow half moon late risen and swollen as if with tearsK
From those beginning notes of sickness and love there in the transparent mistL
From the thousand responses of my heart never to ceaseM
From the myriad thence arous'd wordsN
From the word stronger and more delicious than anyI
From such as now they start the scene revisitingB
As a flock twittering rising or overhead passingB
Borne hither ere all eludes me hurriedlyI
A man yet by these tears a little boy againO
Throwing myself on the sand confronting the wavesP
I chanter of pains and joys uniter of here and hereafterQ
Taking all hints to use them but swiftly leaping beyond themR
A reminiscence singB
Once PaumanokB
When the snows had melted when the lilac scent was in the air and the Fifth month grass was growingB
Up this sea shore in some briersP
Two guests from Alabama two togetherQ
And their nest and four light green eggs spotted with brownS
And every day the he bird to and fro near at handT
And every day the she bird crouch'd on her nest silent with bright eyesP
And every day I a curious boy never too close never disturbing themR
Cautiously peering absorbing translatingB
Shine shine shineU
Pour down your warmth great SunV
While we bask we two togetherQ
Two togetherQ
Winds blow South or winds blow NorthW
Day come white or night come blackB
Home or rivers and mountains from homeX
Singing all time minding no timeY
While we two keep togetherQ
Till of a suddenV
May be kill'd unknown to her mateZ
One forenoon the she bird crouch'd not on the nestA2
Nor return'd that afternoon nor the nextB2
Nor ever appear'd againO
And thenceforward all summer in the sound of the seaP
And at night under the full of the moon in calmer weatherQ
Over the hoarse surging of the seaP
Or flitting from brier to brier by dayC2
I saw I heard at intervals the remaining one the he birdJ
The solitary guest from AlabamaD2
Blow blow blowF
Blow up sea winds along Paumanok's shoreE2
I wait and I wait till you blow my mate to meP
Yes when the stars glisten'dF2
All night long on the prong of a moss scallop'd stakeB
Down almost amid the slapping wavesP
Sat the lone singer wonderful causing tearsP
He call'd on his mateZ
He pour'd forth the meanings which I of all men knowF
Yes my brother I knowF
The rest might not but I have treasur'd every noteG2
For once and more than once dimly down to the beach glidingB
Silent avoiding the moonbeams blending myself with the shadowsP
Recalling now the obscure shapes the echoes the sounds and sights after their sortsP
The white arms out in the breakers tirelessly tossingB
I with bare feet a child the wind wafting my hairH2
Listen'd long and longB
Listen'd to keep to sing now translating the notesP
Following you my brotherQ
Soothe soothe sootheI2
Close on its wave soothes the wave behindJ2
And again another behind embracing and lapping every one closeP
But my love soothes not me not meP
Low hangs the moon it rose lateZ
O it is lagging O I think it is heavy with love with loveK2
O madly the sea pushes pushes upon the landT
With love with loveK2
O night do I not see my love fluttering out there among the breakersP
What is that little black thing I see there in the whiteD
Loud loud loudL2
Loud I call to you my loveK2
High and clear I shoot my voice over the wavesP
Surely you must know who is here is hereM2
You must know who I am my loveK2
Low hanging moonN2
What is that dusky spot in your brown yellowF
O it is the shape the shape of my mateZ
O moon do not keep her from me any longerQ
Land land O landT
Whichever way I turn O I think you could give me my mate back again if you only wouldO2
For I am almost sure I see her dimly whichever way I lookB
O rising starsP
Perhaps the one I want so much will rise will rise with some of youP2
O throat O trembling throatG2
Sound clearer through the atmosphereQ2
Pierce the woods the earthR2
Somewhere listening to catch you must be the one I wantS2
Shake out carolsP
Solitary here the night's carolsP
Carols of lonesome love Death's carolsP
Carols under that lagging yellow waning moonN2
O under that moon where she droops almost down into the seaP
O reckless despairing carolsP
But soft sink lowF
Soft let me just murmurQ
And do you wait a moment you husky noised seaP
For somewhere I believe I heard my mate responding to meP
So faint I must be still be still to listenV
But not altogether still for then she might not come immediately to meP
Hither my loveK2
Here I am HereM2
With this just sustain'd note I announce myself to youP2
This gentle call is for you my love for youP2
Do not be decoy'd elsewhereH2
That is the whistle of the wind it is not my voiceP
That is the fluttering the fluttering of the sprayC2
Those are the shadows of leavesP
O darkness O in vainT2
O I am very sick and sorrowfulC
O brown halo in the sky near the moon drooping upon the seaP
O troubled reflection in the seaP
O throat O throbbing heartU2
O all and I singing uselessly uselessly all the nightD
Yet I murmur murmur onV2
O murmurs you yourselves make me continue to sing I know not whyW2
O past O life O songs of joyX2
In the air in the woods over fieldsP
Loved loved loved loved lovedY2
But my love no more no more with meP
We two together no moreE2
The aria sinkingB
All else continuing the stars shiningB
The winds blowing the notes of the bird continuous echoingB
With angry moans the fierce old mother incessantly moaningB
On the sands of Paumanok's shore gray and rustlingB
The yellow half moon enlarged sagging down drooping the face of the sea almost touchingB
The boy extatic with his bare feet the waves with his hair the atmosphere dallyingB
The love in the heart long pent now loose now at last tumultuously burstingB
The aria's meaning the ears the Soul swiftly depositingB
The strange tears down the cheeks coursingB
The colloquy there the trio each utteringB
The undertone the savage old mother incessantly cryingB
To the boy's Soul's questions sullenly timing some drown'd secret hissingB
To the outsetting bard of loveK2
Demon or bird said the boy's soulZ2
Is it indeed toward your mate you sing or is it mostly to meP
For I that was a child my tongue's use sleepingB
Now I have heard youP2
Now in a moment I know what I am for I awakeB
And already a thousand singers a thousand songs clearer louder and more sorrowful than yoursP
A thousand warbling echoes have started to life within meP
Never to dieW2
O you singer solitary singing by yourself projecting meP
O solitary me listening nevermore shall I cease perpetuating youP2
Never more shall I escape never more the reverberationsP
Never more the cries of unsatisfied love be absent from meP
Never again leave me to be the peaceful child I was before what there in the nightD
By the sea under the yellow and sagging moonN2
The messenger there arous'd the fire the sweet hell withinA3
The unknown want the destiny of meP
O give me the clew it lurks in the night here somewhereH2
O if I am to have so much let me have moreE2
O a word O what is my destination I fear it is henceforth chaosP
O how joys dreads convolutions human shapes and all shapes spring as from graves around meP
O phantoms you cover all the land and all the seaP
O I cannot see in the dimness whether you smile or frown upon meP
O vapor a look a word O well belovedY2
O you dear women's and men's phantomsP
A word then for I will conquer itB3
The word final superior to allC3
Subtle sent up what is it I listenV
Are you whispering it and have been all the time you sea wavesP
Is that it from your liquid rims and wet sandsP
Whereto answering the seaP
Delaying not hurrying notD3
Whisper'd me through the night and very plainly before day breakB
Lisp'd to me the low and delicious word DEATHE3
And again Death ever Death Death DeathE3
Hissing melodious neither like the bird nor like my arous'd child's heartU2
But edging near as privately for me rustling at my feetF3
Creeping thence steadily up to my ears and laving me softly all overQ
Death Death Death Death DeathE3
Which I do not forgetG3
But fuse the song of my dusky demon and brotherQ
That he sang to me in the moonlight on Paumanok's gray beachH3
With the thousand responsive songs at randomI3
My own songs awaked from that hourQ
And with them the key the word up from the wavesP
The word of the sweetest song and all songsP
That strong and delicious word which creeping to my feetF3
The sea whisper'd meP

Walt Whitman


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