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

This I declare: As I trudge the road
Of pain-filled souls with a heavy load—...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaaX b XcdcaXaabXddeeXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,1,16,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: limerick
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010111101 011100101 01010101100110101 0101010110100111 110110101110110111 010100100100110101 010110111001011110 1 0101001011100110101 0101111010010111 10001011110011010 1 111110111 011100101 110100101 110110101 111110101 1110000101 10111101 10010111 10010111 11010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 354
  • Average number of words per stanza: 67
  • Amount of lines: 22
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (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; with is repeated.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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