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Thomas Hardy's "Channel Firing" is made up of nine four lined stanzas with each alternate line rhyming. The rhyme scheme of the entire poem is: a b a b c d c d e f e f g h g h i j i j k l k l m n m n o p o p q r q r.
The meter used throughout the poem is iambic tetrameter, that is there are eight syllables in each line with the first syllable being unstressed and the second being stressed:
We thought it was the Judgement-day.
The syllables which have been highlighted in bold letters are the stressed syllables and the syllables that are not highlighted in bold letters are the unstressed syllables.
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