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Florentine Pilgrim Analysis



Author: poem of Robert Service Type: poem Views: 0

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"I'll do the old dump in a day,"

He told me in his brittle way.

"Two more, I guess, I'll give to Rome

Before I hit the trail for home;

But while I'm there I kindo' hope

To have an audience with the Pope."



We stood upon the terraced height

With sunny Florence in our sight.

I gazed and gazed, too moved to speak

Until he queried: "What's that creek?"

"The Arno, sir," I said surprised;

He stared at it with empty eyes.



"It is," said I, "the storied stream

Where Dante used to pace and dream,

And wait for Beatrice to pass."

(Oh how I felt a silly ass

Explaining this.) With eyes remote

He asked: "Was Beatrice a boat?"



Then tranced by far Fiesole

Softly I sought to steal away;

But his adhesiveness was grim,

I could not pry apart from him:

And so in our hotel-ward walk

Meekly I listened to his talk.



"Bologna! Say, the lunch was swell;

Them wops know how to feed you well.

Verona! There I met a blonde"

Oh how that baby could respond!

Siena! That's the old burg where

We soused on Asti in the square.



"Antiquity! Why, that's the bunk -

Statues and all that mouldy junk

Will never get you anywhere . . .

My line is ladies' underware,

And better than a dozen Dantes

Is something cute in female scanties. . . .



"One day in Florence is too small

You think, maybe, to see it all.

Well, it don't matter what you've seen -

The thing is: you can say you've been."






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