Thou Strainest Through The Mountain Fern

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 (Edinburgh) – 1894 (Vailima, Samoa)



THOU strainest through the mountain fern,
A most exiguously thin Burn.
For all thy foam, for all thy din,
Thee shall the pallid lake inurn,
With well-a-day for Mr. Swin-Burne!
Take then this quarto in thy fin
And, O thou stoker huge and stern,
The whole affair, outside and in,
Burn!
But save the true poetic kin,
The works of Mr. Robert Burn'
And William Wordsworth upon Tin-Tern!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 27, 2023

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Scheme AABAABABABAA
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 378
Words 70
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 12

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. more…

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