This is an analysis of the poem What I Have Seen #3 that begins with:

I saw two youths: both were fair in the face,
They had set out foot to foot in life's race;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXbXX ccdece ccbbeX ccdeXe ffdcXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1111101001 1111101011 1110010111110 111001011 01011111101 111111111 111011111001 11001001011 11100111101 111101001 111011100101 111111001 11001111111 111001111111 1111011100111 11111111 111101110111 111011111 11111001101 111101011101 10110111001 11011001 111101101101 111001001 1111111001 01001011011 111010110110 01011001 111001111010 11011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 269
  • Average number of words per stanza: 57
  • Amount of lines: 34
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; on, and, i, you, i'll, from are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, i are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines ' is repeated).

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

  • summary of What I Have Seen #3;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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