This is an analysis of the poem A Likely Lad that begins with:

Child of a myriad varied voices calling
O'er countless leagues of space in divers tongues,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbcXC dededcdC bebeXcaC dfdfacac
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 100100101010 10101010101 11010111010 11110111101 11110111110 100101101 11110111110 1111110111 11011110010 0111110111 111101001010 01110001011 11011111010 1101010101 11010111010 1111110111 11010101010 1111010101 01011101010 1101011101 11110101010 1100110111 01010110110 1111110111 11111100110 1111110101 11011101110 1101010101 01011011110 01011100101 11110110110 1111110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 357
  • Average number of words per stanza: 64
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; and, you are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word age at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of A Likely Lad;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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