This is an analysis of the poem Oh That I Were As In Months Past! that begins with:

Sweet was the time when first I felt
The Saviour's pard'ning blood... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab bcbc dede bfbf gfgf dddd dhdh ijij
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011111 010101 01011101 111101 11010101 010111 11010101 011111 01010101 011111 11011101 110101 01111101 110101 11110101 111101 10011101 010111 11110111 111111 11010101 110101 11010101 110101 11110101 110101 11010111 101111 11010001 111101 11110101 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 125
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; my is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

    The author used the same word in 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 Oh That I Were As In Months Past!;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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