In what form is "The West Wind" poem by John Masefield written? ( stanzas, quatrains, cinquains, or couplets)

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The stanzas (line groupings) are quatrains (four lines to each stanza); this form allows the poet to bring the reader along the "road" to "the fine land, the west land, the land where I belong."  The rhyme scheme is couplets (aabb), a soothing, childlike cadence.  By contrast, the rhythm is uneven; that is, the feet vary, from iambs ("the land where I belong" -- three iambics) to trochees ("apple orchards blossom"-- three trochees) with occasional anapests  and dactylics.  This rambling form is appropriate to the poem's theme (an exhaustive, hectic life seeking the refuge and rest that "the west wind" promises); it wears the reader out and duplicates the fatigue that the westward wind seeks to comfort.  There are subtle internal rhymes and repititions ("brother," for example) and a complex interweaving of natural sounds and images (birds, for example) that give the poem a remarkable complexity.  

 

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