We’ll Go No More A-Roving by Lord Byron

This is another short Byron poem of three stanzas and twelve lines. The poem conveys the concept of “a-roving” by incorporating words that play with the long ‘o’ sound in “roving.” Words and phrases like “no more,” “moon,” “sword,” and “too soon,” depict the actual motion of “a-roving” in order to illustrate the idea to the reader. Other words such as “loving” are rhymed with “roving” and help to further propagate the idea of motion even though they do not have the long ‘o’ sound. Byron rhymes the end syllables of each line but the rhymes alternate and further contribute to conveying the idea of motion. For example, in the second stanza, soft words like “sheath” and “breathe” alternate with arresting words like “breast” and “rest.”

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