This is an analysis of the poem A River that begins with:

In Madurai,
city of temples and poets,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabcdebfXbbXXbgb hbijajbbgbd ekagcbX eXkfghcbbXgbbbi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,11,7,15,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0100 10010110 11010110 10010 01010010 001 10011 11101 1001000 10101 10010010 0011100 011100110 101011 101010010001 010101001 111101 11101 101011 001010 0001100101 110101010 101010 101010111010 11010 101001 1101101100 0110110 01101111 01 001010 1001100 10111 10011 11 01011001 00010 0110101 11 01001 001110 11010 01001 110110 111010 01001001 0111110 010010100 01001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 298
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 49
  • Average number of symbols per line: 23 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of A River;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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