Sound And Sense Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AABBCCDDEEFFGG

True ease in writing comes from art not chanceA
As those move easiest who have learned to danceA
'Tis not enough no harshness gives offenseB
The sound must seem an echo to the senseB
Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blowsC
And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flowsC
But when loud surges lash the sounding shoreD
The hoarse rough verse should like the torrent roarD
When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throwE
The line too labors and the words move slowE
Not so when swift Camilla scours the plainF
Flies o'er the unbending corn and skims along the mainF
Hear how Timotheus' varied lays surpriseG
And bid alternate passions fall and riseG

Alexander Pope



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