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

When the days of creation
Were all but done,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXa bbXX bbCb abXb XdXd efgf ghch ciei XXCc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010010 0111 11110 1001 10110 1011 10100 10100 11011 1001 01110 1101 1001 10111 1001 10111 10010 1001 10010 1101 100011 1001 10011 1001 10010 1001 100100 100 10110 1111 11011 1001 1110 1111 01110 1101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 82
  • Average number of words per stanza: 14
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 20 (very short strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 4
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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