This is an analysis of the poem The Ancestors that begins with:

When the night's coming and the last light falls
A weak child among lost shadows on the floor,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabacdbcddXeXdeX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1011010111 01101111101 0011001101 0111011001 1100010101 1001100101 01000100010 11001101001 0101010011 0101010111 1011010100 0111010101 0100010101 1101010101 1011111101 0001000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 675
  • Average number of words per stanza: 122
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • 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 The Ancestors;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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