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

O little, whisp'ring, murm'ring shell, say cans't thou tell to me
Good news of any stately ship that sails upon the sea?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd ddee ccee ffgg hhii Xjcc ccjj kkaga jjXfXaacc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,5,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11010101111101 01010101110101 11111101011101 11110111100101 11011101110101 11010111110001 01110101010101 01110101010101 10110101110111 11011101011111 11010111010101 11011101110101 1111111110101 11110111010101 11110101110111 11011111111101 01011101111101 11111101110101 1101111110101 11010101110111 00010101111101 11010111111011 11110101101111 11011101110111 11111111111001 11010111110111 11110101011101 01010111010101 111111001110101 11111111010101 111101111100111 11010101011001 11011111101111 11010101010101 01011101011101 110111111101 11 11111111111111 11010101110001 11011111110101 11000111111101 11010101111111 11010001110001 010101010101001 01010111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 241
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 45
  • Average number of symbols per line: 58 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, and, my, meet are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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