Beauty Imposes

John Shaw Neilson 1872 (Penola, South Australia) – 1942 (Melbourne, Victoria)



Beauty imposes reverence in the Spring,
Grave as the urge within the honeybuds,
It wounds us as we sing.

Beauty is joy that stays not overlong.
Clad in the magic of sincerities,
It rides up in a song.

Beauty imposes chastenings on the heart,
Grave as the birds in last solemnities
Assembling to depart.

 

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABA ABX CBC
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 311
Words 56
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 3, 3, 3

John Shaw Neilson

John Shaw Neilson was an Australian poet. Slightly built, for most of his life he worked as a labourer, fruit-picking, clearing scrub, navvying and working in quarries, and, after 1928, working as a messenger with the Country Roads Board in Melbourne. he died when he was 70 years old. more…

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