This is an analysis of the poem An Exile's Farewell that begins with:

The ocean heaves around us still
With long and measured swell,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaabcBC dedefXfX gggggggg bgbghihi hihiafaf jgjkagak lglgbcBCXe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01010111 011101 01011101 111111 01010101 110111 11111101 101101 01010101 111101 01010101 010101 11010101 1011101 01010111 110101 11010101 010101 11010111 110011 01010101 010101 110101001 110110 11001101 110101 01010101 010101 11010101 011111 11011111 1111001 11010001 010111 11011101 010101 11011101 111101 01000101 110101 11010101 110101 01010101 010100 10110101 010101 11110101 010100 01110101 010101 11011111 110111 11110101 110101 11111101 101101 101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 213
  • Average number of words per stanza: 40
  • Amount of lines: 57
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

  • summary of An Exile's Farewell;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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