This is a three-stanza poem. There has no rhyme system or fixed meter. This poetry, on the other hand, is written in free verse.
Free verse is poetry that does not follow a strict pattern of syllables or lines. It is completely up to the poet when and where to place each word. Free verse allows for more freedom than other forms of poetry, but it can be difficult to write convincingly about something if you are not constrained by any rules.
Dark time my love, dark time. Through these days of cloud and rain I feel your absence like a wound that will never heal. One moment you are there with me, the next you have gone. I try to fill the void with work and pleasure, but it seems impossible to care about anything when you are this lonely. Even though I know we only have this life together now, it still hurts to be separated from you. When I think about all those times we were apart and how much I missed you, my heart fills with tears.
The first stanza begins with a question tag. This tells us that what follows is a description of the dark time. The second stanza continues where the first one left off, describing how the narrator's absence wounds his lover.
There will be no defined meter, which is the rhythm of the words, rhyme system, or structure in free verse poems. A free verse poem can have any number of lines and can contain any length word without being limited to specific numbers of syllables.
In general, the pattern used in free verse poems is an AB pattern. The first line starts with a capital letter because it is considered important information for the reader. The other lines start with a lowercase letter because they are not essential to describing the poem.
These lines from Randall Jarrell's "The Art of Poetry No. 2" show how a free verse poem can use this pattern: I think that poetry should be as close as possible to the language heard by its audience and yet not sound like ordinary speech. / I believe that poetry should help us see ourselves as others do, and yet not tell us what we want to hear. / I believe that poetry is as much about music as meaning so don't worry about making sense too much.
The last two lines of the poem provide further explanation of why Jarrell believes poetry is important. He wants readers to understand the nature of poetry and also learn how to write it.
There is no rhyme system in the poem, and no end rhymes are used. This adds to the effect of mystery and horror that the poet was trying to create.
End-rhyming couplets are two lines of poetry that contain identical final words (or syllables). The first line of verse usually ends with a strong or dominant word (called the "head" or "senior" word), while the second line usually ends with a weak or subordinate word (called the "foot" or "junior" word). In "Mirror", these pairs of words are: senior/senior, mirror/mirror, soul/soul, live/live, deep/deep, dark/dark.
The use of end-rhyme in "Mirror" creates a mysterious tone, because we never know what kind of reaction the next pair of words will bring up. This makes the poem seem more like poetry should be: unpredictable.
Another way that mystery can be added to a poem is by using allusion. Allusion is when one word or phrase refers to another word or phrase that is famous or significant.
This poem contains no rhyme scheme. It is an unrhymed poem.
Fog's rhyme scheme is unknown because it is not written in any particular meter. However, since Fog is a descriptive poem, we can assume that it uses common adjectives and nouns to describe things surrounding William Wordsworth and his friends as they walk through the English countryside. Thus, the poem would likely use simple words that can easily be pronounced by humans. These include: "awful," "black," "dread," "gloomy," "green," "huge," "intense," "loud," "nasty," "noise," "pale," "quiet," "smooth," "soft," "stony," "tall," "terrible," "trees," and "wild."
The word "fog" itself comes from the Latin fagus, meaning "fire". So basically, fog is smoke blown sideways by the wind. This makes sense since fog often appears in the wake of fire or explosion.