How might the rhyme scheme in Derek Walcott's poem "Ebb" help to develop the ideas in the poem? Thanks

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Derek Walcott's poem is about the conflict between man and nature. The speaker laments the damage that mankind has inflicted upon the natural world, and seems pessimistic as to the possibility of mankind realizing its errors and changing its ways.

The poem has an irregular rhyme scheme. For example, the first two lines in the opening stanza rhyme, whereas in the second stanza the last two lines rhyme, and in the third stanza the first and last lines rhyme. In the fourth stanza there is no rhyme scheme at all. This changing rhyme scheme perhaps echoes the instability of the relationship between man...

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