Does the poem "To Daffodils" have a regular metrical pattern?
I guess I don't really understand what a regular metrical pattern is. Could you provide details as to why or why not it is?
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Robert Herrick's poem "To Daffodils" does have a regular meter, I would say, but that doesn't mean that the meter is exactly the same in line after line. To me, "regular meter" means that the poem sets up and sticks to a certain pattern. Herrick's poem does just this.
Read the poem out loud, slowly and in a natural voice, and put a little mark above the stressed syllables:
fair DAFoDILs we WEEP so SEE
you HASTE aWAY so SOON
as YET the EARly RIsing SUN
has NOT aTTAINED his NOON
It's ugly, I know, but using all capital letters for the stressed syllables is easiest for me to do on this website. You'll see these four lines alternate between four and three stresses each, and all are in iambic meter. This same pattern is used again in lines 11-14.
Other sections of Herrick's poem will follow a different pattern, of course. (You can figure those patterns out for yourself, I'm sure!.) The important point is that each section of the poem does indeed follow a pattern. Following a pattern is what makes for regular meter.
The 'Daffodils' has a rhyming scheme throughout the poem. The rhyming scheme of the above stanza is ABAB ( A - cloud and crowd; B - hills and daffodils) and ending with a rhyming couplet CC (C - trees and breeze). The above stanza makes use of 'Enjambment' which converts the poem into a continuous flow of expressions without a pause.
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