This is an analysis of the poem Jamie's Puzzle that begins with:

There was grief within our household
Because of a vacant chair. ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXb Xaca cded fbXb ageg hafa abXf aafa edhd aifi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11101111 0100101 11011110 1101101 11110010 110101 110101100 110101 11111010 0010111 00111010 11000101 11111010 1101111 01010010 1000101 10111010 1110011 01001010 1010101 10101010 1011101 11101010 1010101 01010010 0100111 10111010 1101100 10101110 0110101 11110110 1101001 01011010 0111101 01011010 1100101 11111110 0101101 11001010 1100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 128
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; of, to are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words our, of, to, from are repeated.

    The author used the same words we, but at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

  • summary of Jamie's Puzzle;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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