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What is the rhyme scheme of Sara Teasdale's poem "Stars"?

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"Stars" is a lyrical poem by American poet Sara Teasdale. The poem in question has four lines per stanza. This is called a quatrain form in poetry composition. The rhyme scheme that Sara Teasdale uses in the poem "Stars" is called a ballad stanza variant of the quatrain. In most examples of ballad stanzas, lines of iambic tetrameter alternate with lines of iambic trimeter. This rhyme scheme of the ballad stanza variant of quatrain is sometimes called a chevy-chase stanza, named after the lyric poem "The Ballad of Chevy Chase," which was the first work to use the rhyme scheme.

Teasdale's poem has a rhyme scheme of ABCB. This means that the last word in the second line of the stanza rhymes with the last word in the fourth line. For instance, the bold lines in the stanza represent "B":

Alone in the night
On a dark hill
With pines around me
Spicy and still

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