The Oak



How long has ancient oak there stood
In quiet field of green
Where casts its shade o’er soil good
That rich with life has been?

What great events have witness-ed
The boughs ‘neath which now play
The children of the goodly laird
Who lieth in the grave?

What tales could tell this mighty oak
Of valor, strength, and might,
Of glorious words in courage spoke
That hastened heathens’ flight?

And now yon weathered branches spread
O’er quiet, peaceful scene;
What deeds were done in past days dead
Live on in mem’ries’ dreams.

About this poem

Contemplation of the passage of time

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Written on March 02, 2022

Submitted by Dirhaval on March 05, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAX CXXX DEDE CBCX
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 536
Words 100
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

Shelby Minick

Shelby grew up reading from a young age and was encouraged to try her hand at different writing styles throughout her schooling years. She began writing poetry several years ago, and her influences are such poets as Tennyson, Longfellow, Kipling, and Tolkien, to name a few. more…

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