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I really need help!

I'm analysing a poem called Epitaph by Amy Levy and I'm having difficulty understanding how to classify the rhyming scheme. The rhyming pattern is AABBCCDDEEFFGGHH (the poem is below)

Whats the technical jargon for that particular pattern?
Anyone know about rhyming schemes? They confuse me!

and

Can anyone tell me
1) How to analyse this poem.
2) How to talk about the rhyming scheme?
3) What you think the poem means, i.e. theme/subject etc

The Poem...

Epitaph by Amy Levy

This is the end of him, here lies;
The dust in his throat, the worm in his eyes,
The mould in his mouth, the turf on his breast;
This is the end of him, this is best,
He will never lie on his couch awake,
Wide-eyed, tearless, till dim daybreak.
Never again will he smile and smile
When his heart is breaking all the while.
He will never stretch out his hands in vain
Groaping and groaping - never again.
Never ask for bread, get a stone instead,
Never pretend that the stone is bread,
Never sway and sway'twixt the false and the true,
Weighing and noting the long hours through.
Never ache and ache with the chok'd-up sighs;
This is the end of him, here he lies.


Also anyone know what 'twixt means?
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With 16 lines (a sonnet has only 14), I think this is just a series of RHYMED COUPLETS.

Twixt means between.

Groping is misspelled.

Analyse the poem by considering what the poet is trying to say, about the deceased and about his life. If you would like to post your analysis here, we will take a look at it.
Should the first line say "here he lies", C&B?

MrP
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Epitaph by Amy Levy

This is the end of him, here lies;
The dust in his throat, the worm in his eyes,
The mould in his mouth, the turf on his breast;
This is the end of him, this is best,
He will never lie on his couch awake,
Wide-eyed, tearless, till dim daybreak.
Never again will he smile and smile
When his heart is breaking all the while.
He will never stretch out his hands in vain
Groping and groping - never again.
Never ask for bread, get a stone instead,
Never pretend that the stone is bread,
Never sway and sway'twixt the false and the true,
Weighing and noting the long hours through.
Never ache and ache with the chok'd-up sighs;
This is the end of him, here he lies.
Hey, I thought I was the only one to "lol"... ^^
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...well, I thought I did. Oh well...
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1. The correct text, spelling and punctuation is:

This is the end of him, here he lies:

The dust in his throat, the worm in his eyes,

The mould in his mouth, the turf on his breast;

This is the end of him, this is best.

He will never lie on his couch awake,

Wide-eyed, tearless, till dim daybreak.

Never again will he smile and smile

When his heart is breaking all the while.

He will never stretch out his hands in vain

Groping and groping - never again.

Never ask for bread, get a stone instead,

Never pretend that the stone is bread.

Never sway and sway 'twixt the false and true,

Weighing and noting the long hours through.

Never ache and ache with the chok'd-up sighs;

This is the end of him, here he lies.

From: A Minor Poet by Amy Levy - second edition published by T. Fisher Unwin in 1891 (originally published in 1884).

2. The poem is written in rhymed or rhyming couplets. Try to get hold of a copy of The Poet's Manual and Rhyming Dictionary by Francis Stillman - published by Thames & Hudson. This, as the title suggests, is a comprehensive to the mechanics of writing poetry.

3. 'Twixt means between.

4. The full title of the poem is Epitaph (On a Commonplace Person Who Died in Bed).

5. In Amy Levy: Her Life and Letters, published by Ohio University Press 2000, Linda Hunt Beckman writes:

"In many of Levy's poems, those who suffer are anomalous, but 'Epitaph' assumes that for most people life is a cheat......The pessimism here is so sweeping that Levy makes a general statement about life...

Hope that this is helpful.
The spelling was the best part.

MrP
its a rhyming couplet, twixt is a type of dancei think and to analyse it all u have to do is say weather or not it is a rhyming couplet or irregular rhyming how its set out who's point of view it is from and weather it is in first person etc
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