Through how many lines is the rhyme scheme the same as that followed in the Italian sonnet?
Find the other poems in this book and write out the rhyme scheme for them.
But there is a tendency to vary the rhyme scheme in the sestet—the octave usually is unchanged.
Does this rhyme scheme help to produce the effect of the poem?
Can you write out the words which will represent the rhyme scheme in the other stanzas in this poem?
As will be seen on examination, the rhyme scheme is as follows: a b b a a b b a c d c d c d.
The poem consists of thirty-five stanzas, not one of which repeats both the metrical pattern and rhyme scheme of any other.
The stanza consists of four rhymed lines, in any rhyme scheme, with the last two repeated.
It may be interesting for beginners to work out the rhyme scheme of a poem and write it down.
If now we apply the plan that is suggested for writing out the rhyme scheme, the word for the first stanza is ababccdd.