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

They were a merrie companie,
Who'd dwelt together all these years;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXabcbc dXdccXce fgfgaeae hihiXXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1001010 11010110 01010110 11010111 11010111 01000101 11010111 01111001 11110101 11110111 11110111 1011101 11001101 11111111 11010101 01010101 11010101 10110111 10011111 11010111 11010011 11010111 11110101 01000101 11010101 11011101 11000011 11110001 0101010 11001101 110011110 101100110
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 275
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; and is repeated.

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

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

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

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