This is an analysis of the poem I Thirst that begins with:

FIRST VOICE.
I thirst, but earth cannot allay... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcbc dede afgf a X ghah hidi XhXh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,4,4,1,1,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11 11111001 01010111 01010101 01110101 01000101 110100101 11010111 01000101 11011101 11001101 11111101 101110101 101 11011100110 11011101 110101 01101101 010111 11110101 111101 01010001 010101 010101101 1000101 11111111 011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 97
  • Average number of words per stanza: 18
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word the is repeated.

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

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  • summary of I Thirst;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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