Analysis of Seeking Beauty
William Henry Davies 1871 – 1940
Cold winds can never freeze, nor thunder sour
The cup of cheer that Beauty draws for me
Out of those Azure heavens and this green earth --
I drink and drink, and thirst the more I see.
To see the dewdrops thrill the blades of grass,
Makes my whole body shake; for here's my choice
Of either sun or shade, and both are green --
A Chaffinch laughs in his melodious voice.
The banks are stormed by Speedwell, that blue flower
So like a little heaven with one star out;
I see an amber lake of buttercups,
And Hawthorn foams the hedges round about.
The old Oak tree looks now so green and young,
That even swallows perch awhile and sing:
This is that time of year, so sweet and warm,
When bats wait not for stars ere they take wing.
As long as I love Beauty I am young,
Am young or old as I love more or less;
When Beauty is not heeded or seems stale,
My life's a cheat, let Death end my distress.
|Scheme||ABXB XCXC ADXD EFXF EGXG|
|Metre||11110111010 0111110111 11110100111 1101010111 110110111 1111011111 1101110111 0110101001 0111111110 11010101111 111101110 011010101 0111111101 1101010101 1111111101 1111111111 1111110111 1111111111 1101110111 1101111101|
|Closest metre||Iambic pentameter|
|Stanza Lengths||4, 4, 4, 4, 4|
|Letters per line (avg)||34|
|Words per line (avg)||9|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||138|
|Words per stanza (avg)||35|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
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