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What is the structure of the poem "Ode to Autumn"?

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When discussing the structure of a poem, it is common to discuss three things. The first is how the poem is physically organized. "To Autumn" is set up in three separate stanzas. Each stanza is exactly 11 lines long.

The next thing that is often discussed and somewhat easy to identify is the structured rhyme scheme of a poem. Keats follows a very strict rhyme scheme for each of the stanzas in this poem. The rhyme scheme is ABABCDEDCCE. This means that lines 1 and 3 rhyme with each other, and 2 and 4 rhyme with each other. That's a fairly regular set up, but then Keats changes it up on readers by not following that alternating pattern throughout the rest of the stanza.

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