January Morning Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: A BCD BEFGE A HGIJ A KLMN B OBOMP B QRS B TUV B WBO B EEXYZA2B2CC2 O D2CCCCCOE2CB O OZOOF2G2H2O B CDI2BEBE B PBEJ2K2BE B BPYL2M2N2BY B C2K2 B BEO2P2BQ2R2S2T2PU2RV 2T2

IA
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I have discovered that most ofB
the beauties of travel are due toC
the strange hours we keep to see themD
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the domes of the Church ofB
the Paulist Fathers in WeehawkenE
against a smoky dawn the heart stirredF
are beautiful as Saint PetersG
approached after years of anticipationE
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IIA
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Though the operation was postponedH
I saw the tall probationersG
in their tan uniformsI
hurrying to breakfastJ
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IIIA
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and from basement entriesK
neatly coiffed middle aged gentlemenL
with orderly moustaches andM
well brushed coatsN
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IVB
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and the sun dipping into the avenuesO
streaking the tops ofB
the irregular red houseletsO
andM
the gay shadows drooping and droopingP
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VB
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and a young horse with a green bed quiltQ
on his withers shaking his headR
bared teeth and nozzle high in the airS
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VIB
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and a semicircle of dirt colored menT
about a fire bursting from an oldU
ash canV
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VIIB
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and the wornW
blue car rails like the skyB
gleaming among the cobblesO
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VIIIB
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and the rickety ferry boat ArdenE
What an object to be called ArdenE
among the great piers on theX
ever new riverY
Put me a TouchstoneZ
at the wheel white gulls and we'llA2
follow the ghost of the Half MoonB2
to the North West Passage and throughC
at Albany for all thatC2
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IXO
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Exquisite brown waves longD2
circlets of silver moving over youC
enough with crumbling ice crusts among youC
The sky has come down to youC
lighter than tiny bubbles face toC
face with youC
His spirit isO
a white gull with delicate pink feetE2
and a snowy breast for you toC
hold to your lips delicatelyB
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XO
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The young doctor is dancing with happinessO
in the sparkling wind aloneZ
at the prow of the ferry He noticesO
the curdy barnacles and broken ice crustsO
left at the slip's base by the low tideF2
and thinks of summer and greenG2
shell crusted ledges amongH2
the emerald eel grassO
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XIB
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Who knows the Palisades as I doC
knows the river breaks east from themD
above the city but they continue southI2
under the sky to bear a crest ofB
little peering houses that brightenE
with dawn behind the moodyB
water loving giants of ManhattanE
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XIIB
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Long yellow rushes bendingP
above the white snow patchesB
purple and gold ribbonE
of the distant woodJ2
what an angleK2
you make with each other asB
you lie there in contemplationE
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XIIIB
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Work hard all your young daysB
and they'll find you too some morningP
staring up underY
your chiffonier at its warpedL2
bass wood bottom and your soulM2
outN2
among the little sparrowsB
behind the shutterY
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XIVB
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and the flapping flags are atC2
half mast for the dead admiralK2
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XVB
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All thisB
was for you old womanE
I wanted to write a poemO2
that you would understandP2
For what good is it to meB
if you can't understand itQ2
But you got to try hardR2
ButS2
Well you know howT2
the young girls run gigglingP
on Park Avenue after darkU2
when they ought to be home in bedR
WellV2
that's the way it is with me somehowT2

William Carlos Williams



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