What is the meter of Campion's "There is a Garden in Her Face?"

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I've marked below, above the words of the first few lines, the stress and rhyme pattern.. This process is known as "scanning" and it is how you analyze poetic meter. I use - for a weak syllable and / for a strong syllable and | to indicate foot divisions.

 

/        -  | -  /  |  -   / | -    /                       A

There is |a Gar| den in| her face,

-          /  | -     /   |   /      /  |  -    /           B
Where Ro|ses and | white Lill| ies grow ;|

-       /   | -  /   | -  / | -   -      /
A heau'n|ly par|adice| is that place,|             A

Wherein all pleasant fruits doe flow.              B
There Cherries grow, which none may buy     C
Till Cherry ripe themselues doe cry.               C

The basic metrical pattern is iambic tetrameter, with an average of 1 rhythmical variation per line (fairly typical of the period) oincluding spondaic, trochaic, and anapestic substitution, with occasional use of ellision. The stanzas are sestets, rhymed ababcc.

 

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nb -- the enotes software changed my spacing making the scansion hard to read. Sorry.

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