This is an analysis of the poem The Castaway that begins with:

I met a lonely Labor man,
Forlorn and pessimistic:... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdXcX dedefaffa gXgXaaaX hXhXbabbX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,9,8,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11010101 0111010 11110101 0101010 01010101 0101101 1001111110 01010111 1111011 11111011 1101010 01010011 1101010 11100101 0110010 11010101 110011101 1101010 10010001 1001110 01011101 1111001 11010111 01110111 10110101 1111110 11111111 0111000 11110101 0111000 11111011 1001010 11011111 01010001 1101100
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 278
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 38
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • 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 repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

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