Structure and versification in Twicknam Garden

The poem consists of three 9-line stanzas rhyming ababbccdd. However, the only real couplet is the odd one, since those two lines are the only two of the same length. The lines vary between tetrameters and pentameters otherwise, though it is difficult to pick up a strong iambic or trochaic rhythm.

It is actually easier just to count the syllables, which in English poetry is normally only done for hymns. The pattern works out as As usual with Donne, it is the structure of the argument or dialectic, rather than the verse structure, that convinces us of the form.

Investigating Twicknam Garden
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    • Where do you see the real power of the poem lying?
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