What is distinctive about the way "Stanzas for Music" by Lord George Gordon Byron was written?

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"Stanzas for Music" by Lord George Gordon Byron is a poem in which a narrator praises his beloved. It uses a technique of direct address, in which the narrator is addressing his beloved and praising her. 

Metrically, the poem consists of two eight-line stanzas rhymed ababccdd. The first four lines of the stanza alternate between tetrameters and trimeters and the final four lines of both stanzas are in tetrameters. The feet are primarily trochaic, albeit with some variations. Thus the rhymes are predominantly feminine, consisting of a strong syllable followed by a weak syllable.

Thematically, the beauties of the woman are compared to the ocean, with metaphors relying on both sight and sound. It emphasizes spiritual rather than simply carnal love, and associates the woman with nature. The moon, ocean, and beloved are portrayed as maternal.

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