Villanelle of the Poet's Road



Wine and woman and song,
Three things garnish our way:
Yet is day over long.

Lest we do our youth wrong,
Gather them while we may:
Wine and woman and song.

Three things render us strong,
Vine leaves, kisses and bay:
Yet is day over long.

Unto us they belong,
Us the bitter and gay,
Wine and women and song.

We, as we pass along,
Are sad that they will not stay;
Yet is day over long.

Fruits and flowers among,
What is better than they:
Wine and women and song?
Yet is day over long.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 26, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AbA abA abA abA abA xbAA
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 472
Words 98
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4

Ernest Christopher Dowson

Ernest Christopher Dowson was born in 1867 at Lea in Kent England he was an English poet novelist and writer of short stories associated with the Decadent movement Most of his life was spent in France more…

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