Analysis of In a Breton Cemetery



They sleep well here,
These fisher-folk who passed their anxious days
In fierce Atlantic ways;
And found not there,
Beneath the long curled wave,
So quiet a grave.

And they sleep well,
These peasant-folk, who told their lives away,
From day to market-day,
As one should tell,
With patient industry,
Some sad old rosary.

And now night falls,
Me, tempest-tost, and driven from pillar to post,
A poor worn ghost,
This quiet pasture calls;
And dear dead people with pale hands
Beckon me to their lands.


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Poetic Form
Metre 1111 1101111101 010101 0111 010111 11001 0111 1101111101 111101 1111 110100 111100 0111 110101011011 0111 110101 01110111 101111
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 489
Words 88
Sentences 4
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6
Lines Amount 18
Letters per line (avg) 22
Words per line (avg) 5
Letters per stanza (avg) 130
Words per stanza (avg) 29
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 03, 2023

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Ernest Christopher Dowson

Ernest Christopher Dowson was born in 1867 at Lea in Kent England he was an English poet novelist and writer of short stories associated with the Decadent movement Most of his life was spent in France more…

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