1] ter: to. The poem's dialect imitates colloquial speech of early 20th-century American working people.
3] extry: extra.
4] dicky: a starched detachable shirtfront.
7] hull: whole?
12] rasped: filed.
14] whiter: tanned faces betrayed outdoor work.
15] she' d 'a': she would have.
17] sot: sat.
20] the t'other: redundant, literally "the the other," but dialectal.
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.
Original text: A Patch of Pansies (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1894): 66-67. Microtext Reading Room CIHM no. 29307. Robarts Library
First publication date: 1894
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/20
Rhyme: abaaabcc dedddeff gghh
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