Analysis of an Archeology Poem

James Elroy Flecker 1884 (London) – 1915

We are dead by our living was great;
We are dumb but a song of our state
Will roam through the darkness and wait
With its burden of long long ago.
'Til a scholar from sea bright lands
Unearths from the years and the sands
An image with beautiful hands
And know what we want him to know.

Poetic Form
Metre 1111101011 1111011101 11101001 111011101 10101111 1101001 11011001 01111111
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 286
Words 60
Sentences 2
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 8
Lines Amount 8
Letters per line (avg) 28
Words per line (avg) 7
Letters per stanza (avg) 225
Words per stanza (avg) 58

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an Archeology Poem -- I do not know the title but my archeologist mother quoted it often.

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Submitted by DionisGriffin on September 25, 2022

Modified on April 07, 2023

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James Elroy Flecker

James Elroy Flecker was an English poet, novelist and playwright. As a poet he was most influenced by the Parnassian poets. more…

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