This is an analysis of the poem Old Aunt Mary's that begins with:

Wasn't it pleasant, O brother mine,
In those old days of the lost sunshine... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbXC ddaaaC eedddC aaeeeC fXdddC eefffC gghhhC ddiXiC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100101101 011100111 0110100101 1010100101 111100111 101110 01111101 111111111 110111101 1100100101 11101001001 101110 110101101 1011100101 1010011101 10101000101 1101101111 101110 1100100101 1011110100 101110111 111101101 110111101 101110 1110100101 101011101110 011110111 100010101 1100010100 101110 0100110101 10101110011 10110100111 0100001111 1011110101 101110 10101100111 0011110101 1010110101 1010010101 1010101111 101110 111101101 000111101 01011101 010101001 010101101 101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 230
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (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, to are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word and at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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

  • summary of Old Aunt Mary's;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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