Fractured Verse
{A Bumbershoot Special Feature}

Matthew Arnold

A Dover Duet As fractured by Jan D. Hodge

I brought you to Dover to tell
you, my dear, that I'm caught in the spell
        of an infinite rue,
        but that we must be true
though the world’s headed swiftly to hell.

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Do you plan to keep talking till dawn?
Your monody’s making me yawn.
        I really don’t care
        about your despair.
Get over it, guy, or I’m gone!