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

On the sea of life they floated,
Brothers twain in manhood's pride,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabacded cdaXbfgf afhfXieX gfjfaXeX Xkekbaga bhcXcjbj Xhchilkl ddcXadjd ckckblcl bdhdamcm aabacXXf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10101110 1010101 1001100010 10100101 10101110 1010111 11111110 1010111 11101010 1010101 10101110 0010110 11101010 1010111 10101011 1010101 10101010 1010101 10011010 1111111 10101110 10101001 11111010 1110101 10101010 1111111 10101110 0011101 10101010 1010101 10101110 1010101 10101100 1101111 10111110 1011111 10101001 10011101 00101010 1110101 11101010 1010111 10101010 10101010 10101110 11101001 11101011 1010111 10101010 1110101 11111010 1010111 101110101 1010101 10101010 1110111 11110111 0010101 11101110 1010110 10111010 0010001 10101110 10100101 11111010 1111101 11101010 0011101 10101010 1011101 11100110 1110101 11011111 1110101 10100011 1000101 10101110 0010101 111110100 1011101 10101010 10100101 1001100011 10100101 11101010 101001110 11101010 1011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 260
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 98
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, he, could are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words not, still, and, i, he, nearer are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word ' 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 Two Ships;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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