Clever Little Maid of Gondolin, The
1. Author's Notes
Please understand that I am not, in any way, doing this in scorn--but, somewhat, in dismay. If I didn't think that this instruction was necessary, I would not bother to provide it.
The piece that you are about to read is a children's poem. It is a tale of fancy that is not to be taken literally as it is a fairytale in the form of a poem. I realize that mice do not, in fact, speak. The little maid in question is clever because she is able to see where her recent loss has given way to a gain that is worth more than double what she had before, where many people would simply focus on the loss, and neglect the opportunity at hand.
The poem is in the form known as the "single couplet quatrain" with an xaxa rhyme scheme. This means that it is a four-line stanza with only one rhyme which occurs between the second and fourth lines which further means that lines 1 and 3 do not rhyme but stand to carry the rhythm. A good example of this form is found in a poem called, "A Red, Red Rose" which is by one of my favorites, Robert Burns.
O My Luve's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June;
O My Luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly played in tune...
Although my lines tend to be a bit longer (and not as good--by a long shot) this is the basic rhythm to follow.
Thank you for indulging me. I hope that if this little tirade didn't utterly piss you off, that it helped you to enjoy the poem for the silly, little thing that it is.