This is an analysis of the poem Alms that begins with:

Near a large town, along the broad highroad walked an old sick man.
He tottered as he went; his old wasted legs, halting, dragging, stumbling,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bccd aed f ccgcg d fX Xf hX bX eiX f XhX ff ib cXdcg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,3,1,5,1,2,2,2,2,3,1,3,2,2,5,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101101011011111 1100111011011010100 11001101110101010 110101100101110 11110011 1111011011110100111 0110100111010100 111100111 1010 010111101111111100 11110010011011100 11111101011110101 110011111010111 10000111 01111110011 1001111111011100101 1110011010 0111111111101101 10101101 11100111101010111 11011010100 1010110011001111110 1 111011011111010 10111111111011 1011111101 0111010110 101101111101001011 11111111101001010 1011111 0111010110100101 1010010011001100101 01111011110101101 0010111110 110101011110111101 10111011001010111 01101011101111100 11010011111010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 133
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 38
  • Average number of symbols per line: 59 (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; his, on, and, had, he, but, not, ', him, man, old are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines his is repeated).

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase remembered connects the lines.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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