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

Sympathy
One came to the house with a pretty speech:...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xabab cdcd efeXXfcfc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 100 1100100101 1110111 1111111101 11111101 1111101101 0100111 1111100101 0101111 1010110101 1111101 11100111101 1111100 1101111101 110011 1010101101 1100111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 161
  • Average number of words per stanza: 30
  • Amount of lines: 17
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; i, he are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word but at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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

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