This is an analysis of the poem 'The Old Leaven' that begins with:

Mark:
So, Maurice, you sail to-morrow, you say?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbcddddefefdgdggggg hgcgc afifi hdddddjdj adkdk hacac almlm hflflnbnb akhkh hgbmbldlXgogoglglajajdcdcjdjXgogog cccc hpcpc aapap hbgbg aee hee adcdcdgdggogogqgqggggcpcp hgcgcgkgkfcfchghgajaj ahjhjhdhdgrgrXjibib
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 21,5,5,9,5,5,5,9,5,34,4,5,5,5,3,3,25,21,19,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1 1101101011 11111101 0100111001 0111101 0111110101 10111101 1010100101 1010101 10101001010 10100101 1110100101 1101111 1111101101 1101101 1110100101 11101111 110011111 1001111 11111101001 10100111 10 110111001 1111101 011100111 1110111 1 011100111 00101101 110100101 1101101 10 110100101 0100101 1010101101 1110101 00101001001 01001110 1010100101 101001010 1 1110111101 11100101 110110101 1101111 10 110111001 01111101 1110110101 0101101 1 111110111 11001110 011100110 01011010 10 111100101 11001110 1010110111 11001110 011110101 1010101 1010110101 1111111 1 110110111 1100101 111101101 1100001 10 1011100101 0100101 11001001010 00101101 1010100101 0101011 1110100101 0010100 110101101 01101010 110111111 111111010 111100101 0010101 1010100101 1100101 110111111 1100001 1010100111 10100111 1100101111 10101101 1100100101 1100101 1010110111 1010111 1010100111 01011000 111101111 11111010 1011010101 101110010 101 11111011 101101010 1110011101 101110010 10 1110100101 01101010 110010111 110011010 1 0010101111 1100111 00101110101 10111001 10 011010101 00110111 111010111 0011101 1 111100101 101010010 10 1110111101 101001010 1 111100111 1101111 1011100101 11101101 110111111 1101101 1010111101 1110111 111101111 11111010 101101111 1011010 0100101001 1001010 1111101111 11001010 1010111101 11101111 101101011 00100101 1100101001 1101111 0011011011 1001101 10 111101101 10110101 10100111101 0100101 101001101011 101101011 1011101101 1111111 1100101101 11111001 11111111001 01101001 0101101111 01001110 1011101101 101011110 1100100111 10100111 10111100111 11100101 1 110010101 1101101 1111111111 101001101 1101100101 11001010 1010110101 101011110 111101001 11111101 1111101101 11101011 1010 111111101 101011011 1101101011 1101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 20
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 328
  • Average number of words per stanza: 61
  • Amount of lines: 192
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; you, for, of, i, and, our, to, have are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words for, or, by, and are repeated.

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

  • summary of 'The Old Leaven';
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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