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    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.

    Isaac Rosenberg

    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 ?

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    Re: poem

    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

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