A Description of the Morning by Jonathan Swift

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What is the meter and rhyme scheme of Jonathan Swift's poem, "Description of the Morning?"

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Jonathan Swift's poem, "Description of the Morning" takes the traditional pastoral genre of the "aubade" or "morning song" which usually describes lovers meeting or parting at dawn in a pastoral environment and transfers it to the streets of London, where Betty, a servant, departs from her master's bed and...

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When the word "scheme" is used in a poem, it is describing the pattern in which the rhyme occurs. You would find the scheme by looking at the way each line ends. The first rhyme is "A," the second is "B" and so forth. For example:

Now hardly here and there a hackney-coach (A)
Appearing, show'd the ruddy morn's approach. (A)
Now Betty from her master's bed had flown, (B)
And softly stole to discompose her own. (B)
If a third rhyme were introduced, it would be (C). If the rhymes occurred every other line, the answer would be (A) (B) (A) (B). If the next line rhymes with the (A) lines, it would be marked (A) as well.

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