This is an analysis of the poem The Dead Babe that begins with:

Last night, as my dear babe lay dead,
In agony I knelt and said:... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Aabccb ddebbX Aabffb gghaXh Aaeiie
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11111111 01001111 111111 10110101 11110101 1101 100010101 01011101 110101 11111101 11111101 01000 11111111 01110101 011110 01010101 01010101 1101 10110001 11010101 010011 01011101 010101000 1101 11111111 01110011 010101 11110101 11100111 1101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 181
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (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.

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

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