Adrift! A little boat adrift!

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



Adrift! A little boat adrift!
And night is coming down!
Will no one guide a little boat
Unto the nearest town?

So Sailors say—on yesterday—
Just as the dusk was brown
One little boat gave up its strife
And gurgled down and down.

So angels say—on yesterday—
Just as the dawn was red
One little boat—o'erspent with gales—
Retrimmed its masts—redecked its sails—
And shot—exultant on!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 03, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XAXA BAXA BXCCX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 395
Words 68
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 5

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