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

From over the leagues of ice and snow, and the miles of scorching sand;
From back of the days of long ago, and the lonely sea and land—... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabBXBccddXB eebbXB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 12,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01001011110100101 0100101011010111 0010011110100101111 11101111011110011 101111111100100100 11101111011110011 111001111111101001 111011011110100111 11010100111100001 101001001110110101 101111111100100100 11101111011110011 111001111010101110 1101001111110101 10100101100001001001 1010010111110100101 101111111100100100 11101111011110011
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 674
  • Average number of words per stanza: 139
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 74 (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; of, and, i, my, for, have, son are repeated.

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

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

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

  • summary of The Patteran;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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