This is an analysis of the poem In The Harbour: The City And The Sea that begins with:

The panting City cried to the Sea,
'I am faint with heat,--O breathe on me!' ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aX XX XX bb ccXaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 010101001 111011111 1011111111 010010101 10100101 01101000 100101001 0010010111 0100101001 1011111011 1101101000 11001001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 78
  • Average number of words per stanza: 16
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

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

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  • summary of In The Harbour: The City And The Sea;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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