This is an analysis of the poem Waiting that begins with:

Today I will let the old boat stand
Where the sweep of the harbor tide comes in...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXabaX bXcac XaXXXXXa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,5,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 011010111 1010010110 0010011101 11011111101 100111 11111101111010 1011111 0011111001 11111111101 110101010111111 111110100110 1101010011 1011101 0010111101 0101100111 110101001 11111111110 1100101011 111101101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 270
  • Average number of words per stanza: 57
  • Amount of lines: 19
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

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