Analysis of Illusions

I am a wise fool,
A clown grinning in the dark,
Waiting for a non-existent audience
To applaud.

I am an illiterate poet,
Writing in vain,
Hoping for a grateful audience
To listen.

I am the wind in the trees,
Sighing for want of a story
To send me to sleep,
A lullaby.

I am the flickering candle light,
Waiting for the ardent moth
To singe her wings
And fall.

You are the ghost of my dreams,
The illusion I wanted to find,
And then lost

Poetic Form Tetractys  (30%)
Etheree  (25%)
Metre 11011 0110001 10101010100 101 111010010 1001 101010100 110 1101001 10111010 11111 010 110100101 1010101 1101 01 1101111 001011011 011 010
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 425
Words 87
Sentences 5
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4
Lines Amount 20
Letters per line (avg) 17
Words per line (avg) 4
Letters per stanza (avg) 69
Words per stanza (avg) 17
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Submitted on May 01, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Inge Meldgaard

Born in Denmark in 1953, I migrated to Australia with my family in 1957. After spending my school years in Yallourn, I moved to Melbourne in 1970 to attend Monash University. Having graduated with a science degree in 1975, I worked in various fields, such as youth work, teaching, politics (with a special interest in the natural environment), social research, community development, and finally, information technology. I have also completed two graduate diplomas: one in sociology and the other in information technology, both at Swinburne University. Now retired, my last position was as an IT Manager at Monash University. Gardening, art, poetry and writing have also been life-long interests.I have recently published my first book, 'The Cicada', which is a crime/mystery novel, set in Australia, four hundred years into the future.Website: more…

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