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

It is a common fate – a woman’s lot –
To waste on one the riches of her soul, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab aXaX cdcd efef gaga chch fifi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0001010101 0111010001 1101111110 01010011101 1111001111 1101011111 0101101101 1001010100 1111111101 1100110111 1111111101 1111111111 11001010101 0111010101 1011110111 0110111111 1101111101 1111010101 1101011111 11001010111 1101011111 11010011101 1011011111 1011111101 1011110101 0101111101 1100110101 1101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 175
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, not, yes, so, i, you are repeated.

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

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

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