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

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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:

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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.