Analysis of Sam Goes To It
Marriott Edgar 1880 (Kirkcudbright) – 1951 (Battle)
Sam Small had retired from the Army,
In the old Duke of Wellington's time,
So when present unpleasantness started,
He were what you might call... past his prime.
He'd lived for some years in retirement,
And knew nowt of war, if you please,
Till they blasted and bombed his allotment,
And shelled the best part of his peas.
'T were as if bugles called Sam to duty,
For his musket he started to search,
He found it at last in the Hen house,
Buff Orpingtons had it for perch.
Straight off to the Fusilliers' depot,
He went to rejoin his old troop...
Where he found as they couldn't recruit Him,
Until his age group was called up.
Now Sam wasn't getting no younger,
Past the three score and ten years was he,
And he reckoned by time they reached his age group,
He'd be very near ten score and three.
So he took up the matter with Churchill,
Who said, "I don't know what to do,
Never was there a time when so many,
Came asking so much from so few."
"I don't want no favours" Sam answered,
"Don't think as I'm one of that mob,
All I'm asking is give me the tools, lad,
And let me help finish the job."
"I'll fit you in somewhere," said Winnie,
"Old soldiers we must not discard."
Then seeing he'd got his own musket,
He sent him to join the Home Guard.
They gave Sam a coat with no stripes on,
In spite of the service he'd seen,
Which considering he'd been a King's sergeant,
Kind of rankled... you know what I mean.
He said "I come back to the Army,
Expecting my country's thanks,
And the first thing I find when I get here,
Is that I've been reduced to the ranks.
He found all the lads sympathetic,
They agreed that 'twere a disgrace,
Except one old chap in the corner,
With a nutcracker kind of a face.
Said the old fella, "Who do you think you are?
The last to appear on the scene,
And you start off by wanting promotion,
Last come, last served... see what I mean?"
Said Sam, "Wasn't I at Corunna,
And when company commander got shot,
Didn't I lead battalion to victory?"
Said the old fella, "No... you did not."
"I didn't?" said Sam quite indignent,
"Why, in every fight Wellington fought,
Wasn't I at his right hand to guard him?"
Said old chap, "You were nowt of the sort."
"What do you know of Duke and his battles?"
Said Sam, with a whithering look,
Said the old man, "I ought to know something,
Between you and me... I'm the Duke."
And if you should look in any evening,
You'll find them both in the canteen,
Ex Commander-in-Chief and ex Sergeant,
Both just Home Guards... you know what I mean?
|Scheme||ABCB DEDE AFXF XGHX IAGA XJAJ XKXK ALXL MNDN AOXO XPIP XNXN MQAQ CXHX XXRX RNDN|
|Poetic Form||Quatrain (81%)|
|Metre||111011010 001111001 1110010010 101111111 1111100100 01111111 1110011010 01011111 10111011110 111011011 111110011 111111 1110110 11101111 1111110011 01111111 111010110 101101111 01101111111 111011101 1111010110 11111111 1011011110 11011111 11111110 11111111 1110111011 01111001 11101110 11011101 110111110 11111011 111011111 01101011 10100110110 111011111 111111010 0101101 0011111111 111101101 11101010 10111001 011110010 10101101 10110111111 01101101 0111110010 11111111 1110111 0110001011 10110101100 101101111 1101111 1010011001 1011111111 111101101 1111110110 111011 1011111110 01101101 0111101010 11110001 1010010110 111111111|
|Closest metre||Iambic pentameter|
|Stanza Lengths||4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4|
|Letters per line (avg)||29|
|Words per line (avg)||7|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||117|
|Words per stanza (avg)||30|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
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