This is an analysis of the poem That Child that begins with:

That child was dangerous. That just-born
Newly washed and silent baby ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXbcXdefgfggecdhihXXefidbaaebbXgbaf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 36,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 111100111 10111010 1011111 010100101101 010011100 1010101111 110010111010 0011010110111 1100101101 101011010010 010010111 010010 10111110 1110111111 101110110 10110111110 01111010001 10010111 100101011 11111011001 1101111 0011011010101 10010011101 10111001 11110110 10101 01011011111 011111101 10111011000 0010110111 01100101001 001011111 11001110 1101001111 1010101111110 100101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1618
  • Average number of words per stanza: 267
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, it, or, to, and are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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