Shuffle-Shoon and Amber-Locks

by Eugene Field

Shuffle-Shoon and Amber-Locks
Sit together, building blocks;
    Shuffle-Shoon is old and grey,
        Amber-Locks a little child,
    But together at their play
        Age and Youth are reconciled,
And with sympathetic glee
Build their castles fair to see.

"When I grow to be a man"
(So the wee one's prattle ran),
    "I shall build a castle so--
      With a gateway broad and grand;
    Here a pretty vine shall grow,
        There a soldier guard shall stand;
And the tower shall be so high,
Folks will wonder, by-and-by!"

Shuffle-Shoon quoth: "Yes, I know;
Thus I builded long ago!
    Here a gate and there a wall,
      Here a window, there a door;
    Here a steeple wondrous tall
        Riseth ever more and more!
But the years have levelled low
What I builded long ago!"

So they gossip at their play,
Heedless of the fleeting day;
    One speaks of the Long Ago
      Where his dead hopes buried lie;
    One with chubby cheeks aglow
        Prattleth of the By-and-By;
Side by side, they build their blocks--
Shuffle-Shoon and Amber-Locks.

 

 


Jean Baptiste Camille Corot

Title:

Shuffle-Shoon and Amber-Locks

Poet:

Field, Eugene

Year of Publication:

1904

Age Appropriate:

8-9

Form:

Octaves

Stanza:

4

Lines:

32

Rhyme:

aabcbcbdd

Literary Period:

Realistic

Things to Discuss:

What is the message of the poem? Eugene Field is called "the children's poet" does this poem have a message for older students as well? Who are the main characters? Why did the poet choose these names for his characters? What do they represent?

About the Poet:

1850-1895