Analysis of The Importance of Elsewhere
Lonely in Ireland, since it was not home,
Strangeness made sense. The salt rebuff of speech,
Insisting so on difference, made me welcome:
Once that was recognised, we were in touch.
Their draughty streets, end-on to hills, the faint
Archaic smell of docklands, like a stable,
The herring-hawker's cry, dwindling, went
To prove me separate, not unworkable.
Living in England has no such excuse:
These are my customs and establishments
It would be much more serious to refuse.
Here no elsewhere underwrites my existence.
|Scheme||XXXX XAXA XXXX|
|Poetic Form||Quatrain (33%)|
|Metre||10010011111 1011010111 010111001110 11111001 111111101 01011101010 010111001 1111010100 1001011101 1111000100 11111100101 111101010|
|Closest metre||Iambic pentameter|
|Stanza Lengths||4, 4, 4|
|Letters per line (avg)||34|
|Words per line (avg)||7|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||138|
|Words per stanza (avg)||28|
Submitted by RobertHaigh on June 11, 2020
Modified on April 25, 2023
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