This is an analysis of the poem Affliction (Iii) that begins with:

My heart did heave, and there came forth, 'O God'!
By that I knew that thou wast in the grief, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xaabcc dbbdXe fggfee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101111111 1111111001 0111000101 10010001 111111 1001011111 1111111111 1111011101 1110011101 10100001 011100 0101110011 1111111111 1010010000 0101010101 10110101 110111 1101011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 234
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

  • summary of Affliction (Iii);
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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