She decided that she would wait until he came to the end of a stanza
, and if by that time she had turned her head this way and that, and it ached in every position undoubtedly, she would say very calmly that her head ached.
We have indeed picked out those stanzas
from a quiet personal record of certain amorous hours of early youth in that quaint arctic land, Mr.
I wrote, I wrote everything--ponderous essays, scientific and sociological short stories, humorous verse, verse of all sorts from triolets and sonnets to blank verse tragedy and elephantine epics in Spenserian stanzas
We talked for hours over single stanzas
, and I found him reading into them a wail of regret and a rebellion which, for the life of me, I could not discover myself.
During the intervals of the stanzas
of this ditty, the good-natured personage addressed as Mamma by the singer, and whose large whiskers appeared under her cap, seemed very anxious to exhibit her maternal affection by embracing the innocent creature who performed the daughter's part.
Billy sang a lugubrious song of many stanzas
about a cowboy, the refrain of which was, "Bury me out on the lone pr-rairie.
The song of triumph vibrated in the night, and the stanzas
rolled out mournful and fiery like the thoughts of a hermit.
But for this intimation, I should have let them lie upon the tables on which they were strewn with careful negligence, like books in a drawing-room: being quite satisfied with the stupendous silliness of certain stanzas
with an anti-climax at the end of each, which were framed and hung up on the wall.
As she roars her song, in a voice of which it is enough to say that it leaves no portion of the room vacant, the three musicians follow her, laboriously and note by note, but averaging one note behind; thus they toil through stanza
of a lovesick swain's lamentation: --
from "The Raven" was recommended by James Russell Lowell as an inscription upon the Baltimore monument which marks the resting place of Edgar Allan Poe, the most interesting and original figure in American letters.
The last two lines of the stanza
give us a pretty true insight into pussy's notions of human goodness.
And an instant afterwards, at the accents which she imparted to this stanza