In Hospital - Vii - Vigil Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABCD BDBBBEBEEFC GHBHBIBJK EFBHFEBLI JM EBEHEE

Lived on one's backA
In the long hours of reposeB
Life is a practical nightmareC
Hideous asleep or awakeD
-
Shoulders and loinsB
AcheD
Ache and the mattressB
Run into boulders and hummocksB
Glows like a kiln while the bedclothesB
Tumbling importunate daftE
Ramble and roll and the gasB
Screwed to its lowermostE
An inevitable atom of lightE
Haunts and a stertorous sleeperF
Snores me to hate and despairC
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All the old timeG
Surges malignant before meH
Old voices old kisses old songsB
Blossom derisive about meH
While the new daysB
Pass me in endless processionI
A pageant of shadowsB
Silently leeringly wendingJ
On and still on still onK
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Far in the stillness a catE
Languishes loudly A cinderF
Falls and the shadowsB
Lurch to the leap of the flame The next man to meH
Turns with a moan and the snorerF
The drug like a rope at his throatE
Gasps gurgles snorts himself free as the night nurseB
Noiseless and strangeL
Her bull's eye half lanterned in apronI
Whispering me 'Are ye no sleepin' yet '-
Passes list slippered and peeringJ
Round and is goneM
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Sleep comes at lastE
Sleep full of dreams and misgivingsB
Broken with brutal and sordidE
Voices and sounds that impose on meH
Ere I can wake to itE
The unnatural intolerable dayE

William Ernest Henley



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