In "A Red, Red Rose" by Robert Burns, which poetic device is used to separate the ideas in the first two stanzas of this poem from the last two stanzas? 

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The rhyme scheme varies between the first two stanzas and the last two stanzas in the poem. The first two stanzas use a rhyme scheme of abcb, where the first and third lines do not rhyme. However, the last two stanzas use a rhyme scheme of abab, where the first and third lines rhyme as well as the second and fourth lines. Not only do the first and third lines rhyme in the last two stanzas, but they also employ identical rhyme in each stanza. Identical rhyme means that the same word is used to rhyme with itself. In the third stanza, "dear" ends both the first and third lines, and in the last stanza, "luve" ends the first and third lines. The effect of increasing the rhymes as the poem progresses is to poetically match the intensification of the emotion being expressed as the hyperboles keep stacking up. By repeating "dear" and "luve" in the end position of the lines, creating identical rhyme, the steadfastness of the speaker's commitment to remain true and to return is emphasized.

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