The Yachts Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AAA ABC ADA EEF GEH AIJ EBA KLA AMH NAO PED

contend in a sea which the land partly enclosesA
shielding them from the too heavy blowsA
of an ungoverned ocean which when it choosesA
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tortures the biggest hulls the best man knowsA
to pit against its beatings and sinks them pitilesslyB
Mothlike in mists scintillant in the minuteC
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brilliance of cloudless days with broad bellying sailsA
they glide to the wind tossing green waterD
from their sharp prows while over them the crew crawlsA
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ant like solicitously grooming them releasingE
making fast as they turn lean far over and havingE
caught the wind again side by side head for the markF
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In a well guarded arena of open water surrounded byG
lesser and greater craft which sycophant lumberingE
and flittering follow them they appear youthful rareH
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as the light of a happy eye live with the graceA
of all that in the mind is feckless free andI
naturally to be desired Now the sea which holds themJ
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is moody lapping their glossy sides as if feelingE
for some slightest flaw but fails completelyB
Today no race Then the wind comes again The yachtsA
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move jockeying for a start the signal is set and theyK
are off Now the waves strike at them but they are tooL
well made they slip through though they take in canvasA
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Arms with hands grasping seek to clutch at the prowsA
Bodies thrown recklessly in the way are cut asideM
It is a sea of faces about them in agony in despairH
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until the horror of the race dawns staggering the mindN
the whole sea become an entanglement of watery bodiesA
lost to the world bearing what they cannot hold BrokenO
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beaten desolate reaching from the dead to be taken upP
they cry out failing failing their cries risingE
in waves still as the skillful yachts pass overD

William Carlos Williams



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