Ragetty Doll



Rosemary has of dolls a dozen,
          Yet she disdains them all;
While Marie Rose, her pauper cousin
          Has just an old rag doll.
But you should see her mother it,
          And with her kisses smother it.

A twist of twill, a hank of hair,
          Fit for the rubbish bin;
How Rosemary with scorn would stare
          At its pathetic grin!
Yet Marie Rose can lover it,
          And with her kisses cover it.

Rosemary is a pampered pet;
          She sniffs a dainty nose
Of scorn at ragged dolls, and yet
          My love's with Marie Rose,
In garret corner shy and sweet,
          With rag doll Marguerite.

Though kin they are, a gulf will grow
          Between them with the years;
For one a life of love will know,
          The other toil and tears:
Perhaps that shabby rag doll knows
          The rue of Marie Rose.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AXAXBB CDCDBB EFEFGG HXHXFF
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 823
Words 142
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6, 6

Robert William Service

Robert William Service was a poet and writer sometimes referred to as the Bard of the Yukon He is best-known for his writings on the Canadian North including the poems The Shooting of Dan McGrew The Law of the Yukon and The Cremation of Sam McGee His writing was so expressive that his readers took him for a hard-bitten old Klondike prospector not the later-arriving bank clerk he actually was Robert William Service was born 16 January 1874 in Preston England but also lived in Scotland before emigrating to Canada in 1894 Service went to the Yukon Territory in 1904 as a bank clerk and became famous for his poems about this region which are mostly in his first two books of poetry He wrote quite a bit of prose as well and worked as a reporter for some time but those writings are not nearly as well known as his poems He travelled around the world quite a bit and narrowly escaped from France at the beginning of the Second World War during which time he lived in Hollywood California He died 11 September 1958 in France Incidentally he played himself in a movie called The Spoilers starring John Wayne and Marlene Dietrich more…

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