This is an analysis of the poem Balaam's Wish that begins with:

How blest the righteous are
When they resign their breath!... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef gaga dbXb chch
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110101 110111 11010101 010101 111111 010101 11010110 100101 010111 110001 11010111 010101 110111 011101 11011001 110101 110101 100111 11010101 111101 111111 100101 01010111 010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 114
  • Average number of words per stanza: 21
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

  • summary of Balaam's Wish;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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