Analysis of The 'Ole in the Ark
Marriott Edgar 1880 (Kirkcudbright) – 1951 (Battle)
One evening at dusk as Noah stood on his Ark,
Putting green oil in starboard side lamp,
His wife came along and said, 'Noah, summat's wrong,
Our cabin is getting quite damp.
Noah said, 'Is that so?' Then he went down below,
And found it were right what she'd said,
For there on the floor quite a puddle he saw,
It was slopping around under t' bed.
Said he, 'There's an 'ole in the bottom somewhere,
We must find it before we retire.'
Then he thowt for a bit, and he said 'Aye, that's it,
A bloodhound is what we require.'
Se he went and fetched bloodhound from place where it lay,
'Tween the skunk and the polecat it were,
And as things there below, were a trifle so-so,
It were glad of a breath of fresh air.
They followed the hound as it went sniffing round,
'Til at last they located the leak,
'Twere a small hole in the side, about two inches wide,
Where a swordfish had poked in its beak.
And by gum! how the wet squirted in through that hole,
Well, young Shem who at sums was expert,
Worked it out on his slate that it came at the rate,
Of per gallon, per second, per squirt.
The bloodhound tried hard to keep water in check,
By lapping it up with his tongue,
But it came in so fast through that hole, that at last,
He shoved in his nose for a bung.
The poor faithful hound, he were very near drowned,
They dragged him away none too soon,
For the stream as it rose, pushed its way up his nose,
And blew him up like a balloon.
And then Mrs Noah shoved her elbow in t'hole,
And said,' Eh! it's stopped I believe,'
But they found very soon as she'd altered her tune,
For the water had got up her sleeve.
When she saw as her elbow weren't doing much good,
She said to Noah, 'I've an idea,
You sit on the leak and by t'end of the week,
There's no knowing, the weather may clear.'
Noah didn't think much to this notion, at all,
But reckoned he'd give it a try,
On the 'ole down he flopped, and the leaking all stopped,
And all... except him, was quite dry.
They took him his breakfast and dinner and tea,
As day after day there he sat,
'Til the rain was all passed and they landed at last,
On top side of Mount Ararat.
And that is how Noah got them all safe ashore,
But ever since then, strange to tell,
Them as helped save the Ark has all carried a mark,
Aye, and all their descendants as well.
That's why dog has a cold nose, and ladies cold elbows,
You'll also find if you enquire,
That's why a man takes his coat tails in hand,
And stands with his back to the fire.
|Scheme||ABXB CDXD EXXF XFCE GHXH IJXJ XKLK GMNM IOMO XXHX XPXP XXLX XQAQ NFXF|
|Poetic Form||Quatrain (71%)|
|Metre||110111101111 101101011 11101011011 101011011 101111111101 01101111 11101101011 111011011 1111100101 111101101 111101011111 01011110 111011011111 10100110 011101001011 101101111 11001111101 11111001 1011001011101 10111011 011101100111 111111110 111111111101 111011011 01011111001 11011111 111011111111 11011101 01101101011 11101111 101111111111 01111001 011010101011 01111101 111101111001 101011101 111101101011 1111011010 111010111101 111001011 101011111011 11011101 101111001011 01011111 11111001001 11101111 101111011011 1111110 011110111101 11011111 111101111001 101101011 111101101011 110111010 1101111101 011111010|
|Closest metre||Iambic pentameter|
|Stanza Lengths||4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4|
|Letters per line (avg)||33|
|Words per line (avg)||9|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||133|
|Words per stanza (avg)||35|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
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