As: (used in comparison to refer to extent of something = nine clues) I: (9th letter of the alphabet denoting the next after "H"; a standing alone one word "I" = Nine) have: (gone alone ( alone is One = only One = Stanza one)
The Stanza one is very important because it tells you there are 9 clues using the word "hint" 9 clues and the letter H another clue? Words standing "alone" can mean many understandings.
Stanza one helps you understand how to read the rest of the poem.
Last Edit: Mar 29, 2018 10:21:05 GMT -5 by gudynuf
IMO, the first stanza tells you where to go to find the starting location (if that makes sense), stanza 2 is first, second and third clues - all of which are needed; the first clue is in your starting location, clues 2 & 3 are your next location(s), but your starting location isn't clue one. Even with the seeming bouncing around, the clues do remain contiguous, but there is an order to follow that makes sense once you have the starting location.
If it makes cents? Sounds mimty and refreshing, like a mint julip while in the in-field of Kentucky Derby. Served with some browned Char sounds like an IDeal day.