This is an analysis of the poem The Slave Auction that begins with:

The sale began—young girls were there,
Defenseless in their wretchedness,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaX bcbc dede fcfc ghghXgggg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011101 01001100 11010101 01110101 11010101 11110101 01011101 11010011 11000111 11010111 11010001 01011111 11111111 00101101 11110101 01001101 11111101 11011101 11010011 11110101 11111100 11010101 11011101 01011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 151
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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; and is repeated.

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

    The author used the same words and, ye 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 The Slave Auction;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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