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

Sorrow like a ceaseless rain
Beats upon my heart....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXaab acaaac
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101 10111 10111010 1010101 0110111 10111 1011101 11011 1111111 1011101 1010111 11111
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 176
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; or is repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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