This is an analysis of the poem An Open Boat that begins with:

O, what is that whimpering there in the darkness?
'Let him lie in my arms. He is breathing, I know....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a XbX XcXc bdXd X eae
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,3,4,4,1,3,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110110010010 111011101011 1111111011110 01101011111 111111010110 010110001101 1011010110110 11011101101 110111110110 11011111001 1010111011011 111101111011 1101101111111 11011101111 111110110110 01011101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 146
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 48 (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; his, he's, ', him are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

    The author used the same word 'come at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

  • summary of An Open Boat;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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