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

Not vainly did old poets tell,
Nor vainly did old genius paint... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd dede fghg ciji gcgc kiki efef fcfj lklk XaXa idid gege mgmg bbbb ieie aiai afaf abab gege aeae hihi bgbgXmgmg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11001101 11001101 11110100 010101 11000101 11110101 11100101 110111 11010111 11110101 110100101 110001 01110101 11010101 10011100 111101 11000101 010110001 01011101 110111 01110101 01011111 110010101 011001 01111111 11010101 1101101 010100 100010101 11010101 11010101 010101 010101111 011100101 01000101 110101 11010111 010100101 01000101 011111 101010100 01010101 10111100 010001 110100101 110100001 11010101 100111 11100101 11111111 11001111 011101 01110111 01010111 11000101 010101 11011101 01010111 11110101 010101 11010101 11011111 11110101 010101 11011101 11010101 11010101 111101 01010101 11011001 01010101 010101 011111001 11011101 110100111 010101 01010101 01010111 01000101 110101 11000101 11000101 11010111 010101 1101000110 01011101 100110010 111101 110101001 11010111 111001001 110001 100100001 11010101 11010111 010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 24
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 133
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 96
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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