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Author: Lady of the Lake
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Coronach Poem Verses

He is gone on the mountain,
He is lost to the forest
Like a summer-dried fountain,
When our need was the sorest.
The fount reappearing
From the raindrops shall borrow,
But to us comes no cheering,
To Duncan no morrow!
The hand of the reaper
Take the ears that are hoary,
But the voice of the weeper
Wails manhood in glory.
The autumn winds rushing
Waft the leaves that are serest,
But our flower was in flushing
When blighting was nearest.
Fleet foot on the correi,
Sage counsel in cumber,
Red hand in the foray,
How sound is thy slumber!
Like the dew on the mountain,
Like the foam on the river,
Like the bubble on the fountain,
Thou art gone, and for ever!

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About the poem

his poem is a lament for someone named Duncan who has died or gone missing. The speaker mourns Duncan's loss and compares it to a dried-up fountain or withered leaves. The poem ends with a comparison of Duncan's passing to natural phenomena that disappear quickly, like dew or foam. The speaker also reflects on Duncan's admirable qualities, including his swiftness, wisdom, and bravery.

The Structure of Poem

The poem is structured in a six-stanza ballad form, with each stanza containing four lines. The rhyme scheme is ABCB, and the meter is predominantly iambic tetrameter. The poem employs imagery drawn from nature, including mountains, forests, and rivers, to evoke the loss of a beloved figure named Duncan. The speaker laments Duncan's passing and mourns the absence of his wisdom and guidance. The final stanza likens Duncan's passing to the evanescence of natural phenomena like dew, foam, and bubbles.

Best Quote from Coronach Poem

This is a quote from the poem Coronach by Lady of the Lake
"Like the dew on the mountain, Like the foam on the river, Like the bubble on the fountain, Thou art gone, and for ever!"
This quote is a beautiful and poetic way to express the feeling of loss and finality, using the imagery of nature to convey the fleeting and ephemeral nature of life. It captures the idea that just like the natural elements of the world around us, life is impermanent and we must cherish every moment we have with our loved ones while they are with us.

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