This is an analysis of the poem Die Häfen Waren Geöffnet that begins with:

Die Häfen waren geöffnet. Wir schifften uns ein,
die Segel voraus, den Traum über Bord,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXXa XXXXXa XXXX X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,6,4,1,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: rondeau
  • Metre: 11101011011 110101111 11111101101 1101010111101011 10101011010110 11 1111101011 101101110100110 1101111011 1 111101010110 11101101010 10011001010 1001011101011 111111101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 168
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 15
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; die, und are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Die Häfen Waren Geöffnet;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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