Analysis of A Quoi Bon Dire

Charlotte Mary Mew 1869 (Bloomsbury, London) – 1928 (London)



Seventeen years ago you said
Something that sounded like Good-bye;
And everybody thinks that you are dead,
But I.

So I, as I grow stiff and cold
To this and that say Good-bye too;
And everybody sees that I am old
But you.

And one fine morning in a sunny lane
Some boy and girl will meet and kiss and swear
That nobody can love their way again
While over there
You will have smiled, I shall have tossed your hair.


Scheme ABAB CDCD EFEFF
Poetic Form
Metre 10110111 10110111 010011111 11 11111101 11011111 010011111 11 0111000101 1101110101 11111101 1101 1111111111
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 410
Words 83
Sentences 4
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 5
Lines Amount 13
Letters per line (avg) 25
Words per line (avg) 6
Letters per stanza (avg) 107
Words per stanza (avg) 27
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 26, 2023

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Charlotte Mary Mew

Charlotte Mary Mew was an English poet whose work spans the eras of Victorian poetry and Modernism.  more…

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