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" There lived a wife at Usher's Well, And a wealthy wife was she; She had three stout and stalwart sons, And sent them oer the sea. They hadna been a week from her, A week but barely ane, When word came to the carline wife That her three sons were gane. "
The Complete Works of Sir Walter Scott: With a Biography, and His Last ... - Page 165
by Walter Scott - 1833
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Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

Merriam-Webster, Inc, MERRIAM-WEBSTER STAFF, Encyclopaedia Britannica Publishers, Inc. Staff - 1995 - 1236 pages
...scheme of abcb, as in The Wife of Usher's Well, which begins: There lived a wife at Usher's Well, And 3 wealthy wife was she; She had three stout and stalwart sons. And sent them o'er the sea. Ballantyne \'1--, \, RM, in full Robert Michael (b. April 24, 1825, Edinburgh, Scot....
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Metre, Rhythm and Verse Form

Philip Hobsbaum - 1996 - 196 pages
...stanzas from ballads; in each case, the stanza is the first in the poem: There lived a wife at Usher's Well And a wealthy wife was she; She had three stout and stalwart sons, And sent them o'er the sea . . . (The Wife of Usher's Well') The King sits in Dunfermline town, Drinking the blood-red wine: 'O...
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Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse

Mary Oliver - 1998 - 194 pages
...trimeter lines (lines 2 and 4), increasing the forward motion even more: There lived a wife at Usher's well, And a wealthy wife was she; She had three stout and stalwart sons, And sent them o'er the sea. (Anonymous) Emily Dickinson's use of this form, in her anxious and ironwilled lyrics, is a part of...
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The Written Poem: Semiotic Conventions from Old to Modern English

Rosemary Huisman - 1998 - 184 pages
...syntactic unit will coincide (as typically in the traditional ballad: //There lived a wife at Usher's Well,/ And a wealthy wife was she;/ She had three stout and stalwart sons/ And sent them o'er the sea.//)1 so that the speaker will usually breathe at the end of a metrical unit. How is this conjunction...
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Focus on Writing Composition, Book 3

Ray Barker, Louis Fidge - 1999 - 128 pages
...the pattern of the first verse of this ballad. The Wife of Usher's Well There lived a wife at Usher's Well,'* And a wealthy wife was she; She had three...stout and stalwart sons, And sent them o'er the sea. Lines 2 and 4 rhyme, 4 strong beats in lines 1 and 3. | Three strong beats in lines 2 and 4. Copy this...
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Complete Poems of Andrew Lang: The Essential Library

Peter-Eric Philipp, Andrew Lang - 2000 - 440 pages
...hearty cheer, And she'll never get mair o' me, O." (Child, vol. iii.) There lived a wife at Usher's Well, And a wealthy wife was she; She had three stout...hadna been a week from her, A week but barely three, Whan word came to the carlin wife That her sons she'd never see. "I wish the wind may never cease,...
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Border Ballads: A Selection

James Reed - 2003 - 188 pages
...My body lies and sleeps.' THE WIFE OF USHER'S WELL [Child 79 A! There lived a wife at Usher's Weli, And a wealthy wife was she; She had three stout and...hadna been a week from her, A week but barely ane, Whan word came to the carline wife, That her three sons were gane. They hadna been a week from her,...
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Our Greatest Writers: And Their Major Works

John Carrington - 2003 - 331 pages
...but one true love; In cold grave she was lain. ['The Unquiet Grave'] There lived a wife at Usher's Well And a wealthy wife was she; She had three stout...They hadna been a week from her, A week but barely one, When word came to the carline wife [country] That her three sons were gone. They hadna been a...
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Aesthetics of Literary Classification

Milind S. Malshe - 2003 - 178 pages
...the poem with a typical folk ballad opening such as the following43: There lived a wife at Usher's Well, And a wealthy wife was she; She had three stout and stalwart sons, And sent them o'er the sea. (lines 1-4) This ballad goes on to narrate (through an 'omniscient' narrator, and without a 'frame')...
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An Unexpected Family, Book 7

Joan Medlicott - 2007 - 224 pages
...Wife of Usher's Well' are but a few of them." She began to sing softy. There lived a wife at Usher's Well And a wealthy wife was she: She had three stout and stalwart sons, And sent them o 're the sea. They hadn't been a week from her, A week but barely ane. When word came to the earline...
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