Analysis of A Glen Song

Anna Johnston MacManus 1864 (Ballymena) – 1902 (Donegal)

There's a green glen in Eirinn,
A green glen in Eirinn!
Do you remember yet, a gradh, the sunshine of that day,
How the the river ran before us, and the fleckless blue hung o'er us,
And against the purple heather gleamed the yellow of the hay?

There's a green glen in Eirinn,
A green glen in Eirinn!
Where on a dew-wet swinging spray brown throstles trilled above,
And the blackbird carolled after in a silver rain of laughter,
And the little linnet piped its song that has no theme but Love.

There's a green glen in Eirinn,
A green glen in Eirinn!
'Twas sweet with you beside me in a world of harvest gold:
The sallaghs made a shadow in a corner of the meadow,
And your eyes were wells of kindness, and my hand lay in your hold.

There's a green glen in Eirinn,
A green glen in Eirinn!
The voice of Spring comes on the winds like cuckoo calling clear
She bids us fare together, nor heed the fitful weather–
And seek in yon green glen the joy that waits our hearts, my Dear.

Scheme AAbxb AAcdc AAexe AAfdf
Poetic Form
Metre 101101 01101 1101010101111 10010101100111101 001010101010101 101101 01101 1101110111101 001011000101110 001010111111111 101101 01101 11110110011101 011010010101 011011100111011 101101 01101 0111110111101 11110101101010 010111011110111
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 967
Words 189
Sentences 9
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5, 5
Lines Amount 20
Letters per line (avg) 38
Words per line (avg) 9
Letters per stanza (avg) 189
Words per stanza (avg) 47
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Anna Johnston MacManus

Ethna Carbery (born Anna Johnston, 3 December 1864 – 2 April 1902) was an Irish journalist, writer and poet. She is best known for the ballad Roddy McCorley and the Song of Ciabhán; the latter was set to music by Ivor Gurney. Along with Alice Milligan she published two Irish nationalist magazines. more…

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