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    rhyme scheme

    I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless;
    That only men incredulous of despair,
    Half-taught in anguish, through the midnight air
    Beat upward to God's throne in loud access
    Of shrieking and reproach. Full desertness,
    In souls as countries, lieth silent-bare
    Under the blanching, vertical eye-glare
    Of the absolute Heavens. Deep-hearted man, express
    Grief for thy Dead in silence like to death--
    Most like a monumental statue set
    In everlasting watch and moveless woe
    Till itself crumble to the dust beneath.
    Touch it; the marble eyelids are not wet:
    If it could weep, it could arise and go.

    The rhyme scheme is

    abba abba cde cde

    is it correct?

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    Re: rhyme scheme

    Note that in RBP "death" doesn't* rhyme with "beneath" (/deθ/, /bɪ'ni:θ/).


    * But either it did at the time of writing, or it was an admissible alternative at the time, or the poet was content with a partial rhyme. The rhyme scheme is as you say.
    Last edited by BobK; 19-Jan-2009 at 15:25. Reason: Added PS

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