"In Louisiana" by Albert Bigelow Paine was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on February 1, 2014. A link to the poem may be found here:
Albert Bigelow Paine (1861 - 1937) is best known as the author of the authorized biography of Mark Twain. He spent most of his life in Europe. The French government was so impressed with his work that he was awarded the title of Chevalier in the Legion d'honneur. Additional biographical information may be found here: http://www.poemhunter.com/albert-bigelow-paine/biography/.
"In Louisiana" is a ballad in iambic tetrameter comprised of three quatrains with an abba cddc effe rhyme scheme. Having lived in Louisiana for about half a year in 1995, I can personally attest that the moss and swamps there at that time still met the description given by this poem, which was published almost 100 years earlier.
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