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

My dear, it was a moment
to clutch for a moment...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaba acbdcd ececXc Xaceae efegfg hhXff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,6,6,6,6,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1101010 011010 11110100 10100010111 10001001001 00111010 101001101 010111010 110100101101 11111111 100011111 1100001010 1111110011 1011011011 01010101111 11011111110001 1101111001 1101010110 011111001 1101011101 1111111011011 01100110101 011011111 111110101 111111110 11111111 11010101111 11010011001 10111011111 110101 1001 1111010 011101011 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 220
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; our, and, nor are repeated.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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