This is an analysis of the poem My Mother that begins with:

Who sat and watched my infant head
When sleeping on my cradle bed,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaB cccB cccB cccB dddBXcccB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11111101 11011101 11010101 110 11110111 11011101 11111111 110 11110101 11110111 11010101 110 11110100 01001101 11110101 110 11011101 10111101 11110111 110 11110111 11011011 11011101 110
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 110
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

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

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

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

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