This is an analysis of the poem Unshriven that begins with:

Oh ! the sun rose on the lea, and the bird sang merrilie,
And the steed stood ready harness'd in the hall.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXa bXcX XcdX eXfX bXXX Xdcd eeXe faga Xaga
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1011101101110 10111010001 1110101011101010 11101110001 10111011110111 1110100011100 00111111011111 11111000110101 1001101010101100 0101010111 11101111110011 11110111000 1110011110101 1101010101 11111111110011 1010001011101 1101111110101 10101110111 11101111011111 10111110101 1011101101110 10101110101 11101111011101 10101110111 10111011011101 10101010111 10111011011101 10111010101 10101011010101 0101110001 10101011010101 0101110001 1011001101110 10101010101 10111011010111 11000010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 180
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 39
  • Average number of symbols per line: 50 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, he, your, i are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase connects the lines.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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