Why does the poet use a mixed rhyme scheme in this poem?

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Stevenson set this poem to a piece of music by Schubert, so it necessarily adheres to the regular rhythm of that musical tether. The rhyme scheme is one in which, by and large, every other line rhymes—so if we take the second stanza as an example, we see:

ABCBDBDB

Throughout all the stanzas, there is always this staple rhyming of the B lines. The variation comes in because some of the stanzas do throw in additional rhymes—so, for example, in the first stanza we actually see ABAB, and then BCBC in the second half of the poem. This is obviously a different rhyme scheme to the one in the first stanza, but the important thing is that it keeps to the same rhythm and retains...

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