In Memoriam stanza

In Memoriam stanza

      a quatrain in iambic tetrameter (tetrameter) with a rhyme scheme of abba. The form was named for the pattern used by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron) in his poem In Memoriam, which, following an 11-stanza introduction, begins

I held it truth, with him who sings
To one clear harp in divers tones,
That men may rise on stepping-stones
Of their dead selves to higher things.

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