Interested in Language
Break of Day in the Trenches
The darkness crumbles away
It is the same old druid Time as ever,
Only a live thing leaps my hand,
A queer sardonic rat,
As I pull the parapet's poppy
To stick behind my ear.
Droll rat, they would shoot you if they knew
Your cosmopolitan sympathies,
Now you have touched this English hand
You will do the same to a German
Soon, no doubt, if it be your pleasure
To cross the sleeping green between.
It seems you inwardly grin as you pass
Strong eyes, fine limbs, haughty athletes,
Less chanced than you for life,
Bonds to the whims of murder,
Sprawled in the bowels of the earth,
The torn fields of France.
What do you see in our eyes
At the shrieking iron and flame
Hurled through still heavens?
What quaver -what heart aghast?
Poppies whose roots are in men's veins
Drop, and are ever dropping;
But mine in my ear is safe,
Just a little white with the dust.
What is the kind of this poem ?
What is its rhyme scheme? and why is it so ?
How can I divide this poem into stanzas in order to write an essay ?
It has no rhyme scheme, and you should tackle it as a whole, rather than try to split it into verses. In order to do that, you need to read up about Iaac Rosenberg and about WW1 Trench warfare and its totally appalling nature.
Isaac Rosenberg - Analyzing Rosenberg's Poetry
Isaac Rosenberg, the outsider's outsider - Telegraph
Isaac Rosenberg, an artist in the ranks Peter Parker TLS
First World War: Trench Warfare