In Robert Browning's collection 'Men and Women,' what is the rhyme and verse form in "A Woman's Last Word"? 

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"A Woman's Last Word" is written as a series of ten stanzas or sets of four lines per stanza. In each stanza, the first and third lines rhyme and the second and fourth lines rhyme. This rhyming pattern could be described as being an "abab" form.

The rhythmic pattern is an alternating pattern, too. The first and third lines are trochaic trimeter, having three feet with one stressed syllable followed by one unstressed syllable in each foot. The second and third lines have three syllables, the first and third stressed and the second unstressed.

Let's con/-tend no/ more, Love./ 

Strive nor weep;/ 

All be/ as be/-fore, Love,/

On-ly sleep.

While there is no one descriptive phrase that covers the entire text of the poem, Browning is very strict in following this rhythmic format throughout the piece.

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