Analysis of Invitation to Love

Paul Laurence Dunbar 1872 (Dayton) – 1906



Come when the nights are bright with stars
Or when the moon is mellow;
Come when the sun his golden bars
Drops on the hay-field yellow.
Come in the twilight soft and gray,
Come in the night or come in the day,
Come, O love, whene'er you may,
And you are welcome, welcome.

You are sweet, O Love, dear Love,
You are soft as the nesting dove.
Come to my heart and bring it rest
As the bird flies home to its welcome nest.

Come when my heart is full of grief
Or when my heart is merry;
Come with the falling of the leaf
Or with the redd'ning cherry.
Come when the year's first blossom blows,
Come when the summer gleams and glows,
Come with the winter's drifting snows,
And you are welcome, welcome.


Scheme ababcccD eeff ghghiiiD
Poetic Form Etheree  (30%)
Metre 11011111 1101110 11011101 1101110 1001101 100111001 111111 0111010 1111111 11110101 11110111 1011111101 11111111 1111110 11010101 1101110 11011101 11010101 11010101 0111010
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 701
Words 137
Sentences 7
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 8, 4, 8
Lines Amount 20
Letters per line (avg) 27
Words per line (avg) 7
Letters per stanza (avg) 178
Words per stanza (avg) 45
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 19, 2023

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Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar was a seminal American poet of the late 19th and early 20th centuries Dunbar gained national recognition for his 1896 Lyrics of a Lowly Life one poem in the collection being Ode to Ethiopia more…

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