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Borrowing - From the French by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Analysis

"Borrowing - From the French" is a poem written by Ralph Waldo Emerson. This poem is written as one stanza with four lines. It has the rhyme scheme of ABAB. It does not have a particular meter scheme, however, it is written in triambic foot with some instances of leaving words out of the feet scheme. For example, the first line is written as DUM-da-da-DUM-da-da-DUM. The second line is written as da-da-DUM-da-da-DUM-da-da-DUM. In the first line, there is an extra "DUM" at the beginning of the line.

This poem is about getting hurt, but even those who weren't hurt still grieve and grief can sometimes be the hardest of all to overcome.

Poem

Borrowing - From the French
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Some of the hurts you have cured,	 
And the sharpest you still have survived,	 
But what torments of grief you endured 
From evils which never arrived

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Nationality
American

Literary Movement
Transcendentalism, 19th Century

Subjects
Hurt, Grief