Scan the following lines from William Butler Yeats's poem "Sailing to Byzantium." Indicate the rhyme scheme. Consume my heart away; sick with desire And fastened to a dying animal It knows not what it is; and gather me Into the artifice of eternity.

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The lines you refer to appear in the third stanza of Yeats's poem. All of "Sailing to Byzantium" is written in ottava rima, a meter of Italian origin that translates to the "eight-line rhyme" (notice that each of the four stanzas that comprise the poem is eight lines). Each line is written in iambic pentameter, though there are a few small breaks in the measured beats of this form.

The rhyme scheme emerges organically from...

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