Analysis of The Doughboy's Horace
Franklin P. Adams 1881 (Chicago, Illinois) – 1960 (New York City, New York)
Horace: Book III, Ode 9
"Donec eram gratus tibi--"
HORACE, PVT. --TH INFANTRY, A.E.F., WRITES:
While I was fussing you at home
You put the notion in my dome
That I was the Molasses Kid.
I batted strong. I'll say I did.
LYDIA, ANYBURG U.S.A., WRITES:
While you were fussing me alone
To other boys my heart was stone.
When I was all that you could see
No girl had anything on me.
Well, say, I'm having some romance
With one Babette, of Northern France.
If that girl gave me the command
I'd dance a jig in No-Man's Land.
I, too, have got a young affair
With Charley--say, that boy is there!
I'd just as soon go out and die
If I thought it'd please that guy
Suppose I can this foreign wren
And start things up with you again?
Suppose I promise to be good?
I'd love you Lyd. I'll say I would.
Though Charley's good and handsome--oh, boy!
And you're a stormy fickle doughboy,
So give the Hun his final whack,
And I'll marry you when you come back.
|Scheme||X A B CCDD B EEAA FFGG HHII JJKK LLMM|
|Metre||10111 1111 1011110011 11110111 11010011 11100101 11011111 10011111 11010101 11011111 11111111 1111011 11110101 11011101 11111001 11010111 11110101 11011111 11111101 11110111 01111101 01111101 01110111 11111111 110101011 01010101 11011101 011011111|
|Closest metre||Iambic tetrameter|
|Stanza Lengths||1, 1, 1, 4, 1, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4|
|Letters per line (avg)||25|
|Words per line (avg)||6|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||70|
|Words per stanza (avg)||18|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
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