This is an analysis of the poem Caedmon's Hymn that begins with:

Nu scylun hergan hefaenricaes uard
metudæs maecti end his modgidanc ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXXXaXXXb XXXXaXXXX b aXXXbXccc Xa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,9,1,9,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101010001 101010100 11000111010 10101100 11011010 10111010 1100101 101011 10101100001011010 110101001 101010100 11000111010 10101100 111110 10011010 1100100011 101011 10101100 1010010 111101001010 0100010101 01001001011010 0010101000010 1101010101 10101010010 1101010011 001011001 011100101 00010101010
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 155
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 35
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of is repeated.

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

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

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

    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 Caedmon's Hymn;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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