“Softer be they than slippered sleep, the lean lithe deer”

ALL IN GREEN MY LOVE WENT RIDING
~ by E. E. Cummings

All in green went my love riding
on a great horse of gold
into the silver dawn

four lean hounds crouched low and smiling
the merry deer ran before

Fleeter be they than dappled dreams
the swift deer
the red rare deer

four red roebuck at a white water
the cruel bugle sang before

Horn at hip went my love riding
riding the echo down
into the silver dawn

four lean hounds crouched low and smiling
the level meadows ran before

Softer be they than slippered sleep
the lean lithe deer
the fleet flown deer

four fleet does at a gold valley
the famished arrow sang before

Paler be they than daunting death
the slick slim deer
the tall tense deer

four tall stags at a green mountain
the lucky hunter sang before

All in green went my love riding
on a great horse of gold
into the silver dawn

four lean hounds crouched low and smiling
my heart fell dead before

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The great E. E. Cummings performs a perfect evocation of the medieval ballad and exceeds its formal requirements.

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Author: MDM

Michael Dennis Mooney is a student of humor and witticism in verse. At this site he is compiling a selection of the best works using extended metaphor in poetry, with a special interest in satire, parody, and humor. Suggestions are welcome. Send your citations of favorites, by email, to mike.mooney.home@gmail.com He has a site "New Writings" at http://jcbcast.blogspot.com And a site for essays, 'His Epistles To The Philistines" at http://tothephilistines.wordpress.com

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