This is an analysis of the poem The Mother's Soul that begins with:

When the moon was horned the mother died,
And the child pulled at her hand and knee, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaXaaXbXbXccX dadaaaX ececXdX adadaaX fbfbggX hihihhX acacaaX ababjjX eeeeeeX efefaaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101110101 101110111 111011101 110011101 1011101 10110111 11110011 011010101 011110101 0110101001 10110110011 1011101 11101001 11111010 110101101 11110111 010110111 101110111 1101101 00110011 1101111 110010001 110010011 011100111 110010111 1101101 10101011 01001110 010010111 1011010101 111011111 010011111 0110111 00101101 11011110 011110111 011110111 110110101 001111111 1011001 1111001 01001111 010100111 100110111 110101111 011110101 0101101 00111011 1001110 010111001 110101001 011100111 1011010101 10110001 10100111 1100111 011100111 101010111 010110101 010011001 0100111 11011001 11001011 010010111 001011111 110010101 110100101 1101101 10111001 1010101 1001101001 110011101 110111001 011110111 0100111 111010111 0101011
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 316
  • Average number of words per stanza: 58
  • Amount of lines: 77
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; and, she are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, the, they, her, till, she are repeated.

    The author used the same words they, the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    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 The Mother's Soul;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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