This is an analysis of the poem The Child's Last Sleep that begins with:
Thou sleepest but when wilt thou wake, fair child?
When the fawn awakes in the forest wild?... full text
Elements of the verse: questions and answers
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- Rhyme scheme: aabbccdd eeffffdd dXgghhdd
- Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
- Closest metre: iambic pentameter
- Сlosest rhyme: couplets
- Сlosest stanza type: tercets
- Guessed form: heroic couplets
- Metre: 1101111111 10110000101 1011100101 1011100101 101101101 111111111 101101101 1001001100 110111101 1010100111 101100111 0110101111 101101011 111111101 10101101111 1101101111 1101111111 110100101 11101101001 110111101 111110111 111101111 1110110100 100111111
- Amount of stanzas: 3
- Average number of symbols per stanza: 352
- Average number of words per stanza: 67
- Amount of lines: 24
- 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:
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 speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.
The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; when, thy, and, how, we are repeated.
The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words when, how are repeated.
The poet repeated the same word thee at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.
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- summary of The Child's Last Sleep;
- central theme;
- idea of the verse;
- history of its creation;
- critical appreciation.
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