This is an analysis of the poem The Ship That Never Returned that begins with:

On a summer's day while the waves were rippling, with a quiet and a gentle breeze;
A ship set sail with a cargo laden for a port beyond the sea. ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xa XB XB XB aa XB Xb XB cc XB Xb XB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101011010100001010101 01110011101010101 01100111100110101100 101111101010111001 1011110101010101100 101111101010111001 01100111100110101100 101111101010111001 10101001101111111 1110010011101111111 01100111100110101100 101111101010111001 101011010101110101 101111101010111001 01100111100110101100 101111101010111001 10101001101110101 101110110100011111 01100111100110101100 101111101010111001 10110111010101111100 1111100111010111001 01100111100110101100 101111101010111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 152
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 76 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 15
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; returned, never, and are repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word returned at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of The Ship That Never Returned;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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