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Please explain the  rhyme scheme of the poem 'The Education of Nature' by William...

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hni | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM via web

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Please explain the  rhyme scheme of the poem 'The Education of Nature' by William Wordsworth?

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM (Answer #1)

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William Wordsworth was one of the great English Romantic poets unlike the neo-classical poets that preceeded his era. Many of his poems had an almost lyrical quality and some could be defined as lyrics, such as I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils).

The Education of Nature is lyrical  in character with a rhyme scheme that matches a (ababbcc)rhyme. In other words

Three years she grew in sun and shower     a

Then Nature said, "A lovelier flower              a

On earth was never sown                            b

This child I  to myself will take;                     c

She shall be mine, and I will make                 c

A lady of my own                                        b

Notice how there are two rhyming couplets in the verse and in each succeeding verse you will find a similar pattern.

Wordsworth was passionate about nature, having been born in a beautiful part of England, The Lake District. He conveyed his personal thoughts, in this case, about the elusive Lucy.

 "And vital feelings of delight
Shall rear her form to stately height,

Here is another rhyming couplet. You will find more references and a summary of this poem in the enotes questions and answers and study guides. The study guides will help you understand a range of different rhyme schemes.  

 

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