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Every stanza a different rhyme scheme and the whole poem a construct of echoing sound. Rhythms are complex. The poem can be scanned, no question of it — but with line lengths that range from four syllables to fourteen (both in stanza 7) ...
The second stanza reveals the poet's confusion about where to place her loyalties: "I wist not what to wish. " Yet she can only presume by inference that the next world is greater. She is not yet fully satisfied. The third stanza begins ...
She tells us in stanza 19 that man seems cursed when he is observed in an earthly, natural frame: Nor youth, nor strength, nor wisdom spring again Nor habitations long their names retain, But in oblivion to the final day remain.
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American writers: a collection of literary biographiesUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This supplement, the latest addition to the well-known "American Writers'' series, includes 29 authors. All except Frederick Douglass, the 19th-century orator and writer, are 20th-century poets ... Read full review