Meter in A Narrow Fellow in the Grass

Meter Examples in A Narrow Fellow in the Grass:

A Narrow Fellow in the Grass 1

"He likes a Boggy Acre..."   (A Narrow Fellow in the Grass)

The third stanza opens with a quickening of the meter. The alternating tetrameter and trimeter of the first two stanzas tightens up to a strict trimeter pattern as the poem hastens to its close. It is almost as if the snake were approaching more rapidly.