What is the meter and rhyme scheme of "Channel Firing?"
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.