As I Went

As I went, as I went
Over the mountains,
I heard, I heard,
Through cloud-wreath and mist,
A hound that was baying -
Death.. it was death.
As I went, as I went
Over the meadows,
I heard, I heard,
From thicket, from shadow,
A hidden bird fluting -
Death.. it was death.
As I went, as I went
By rocks and by sand-dunes,
I heard, I heard,
At the sea's bottom
A silver fish swimming -
Death.. it was death.
As I went, as I went
In my house, in my house,
I heard, I heard,
A footfall, a footfall
Closely behind me -
Death.. it was death.

by Adelaide Crapsey

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She was a Poe of her time- likes the repetition to build the creepy atmosphere, kind of an echoing effect, and the footfall that was perfectly put in the last lines.