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

My father and mother are dead,
Nor friend, nor relation I know; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcX eded dada fafa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11011011 11101011 11011011 11001001 11110001 01111001 111000011 1110110110 11111101 01101001 01101101 11101011 11111001 11111101 11111011 01001001 11111001 11101001 111101001 10111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 138
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

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

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