This is an analysis of the poem Sable Island that begins with:

Dark Isle of Mourning--aptly art thou named,
For thou hast been the cause of many a tear;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaXbcbcc dedeeaeaa fgfgghghh cfcfididd jejeekXkk ljljjdjdd dbdbbgbgg dadXaXaaa fdXddcdcc fdfddmdXd fafaadaXd cncnngngg mfmfflfll Xcbcbbgbgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101010111 11100101001 11010011101 00101010011 0111110101 0101010101 1101110101 1111110101 1101011101011 0110110011 0101101101 110110101 1001010011 0101111101 1101011101 11011110101 1011010101 110101011101 1101010101 1101011001 1001010101 1001011111 1100110101 1111110101 01010111001 1011110111 110111010101 0101000101 0110010101 0101110101 0101110111 100110010100 1111010101 1101010100 1011111101 110101010101 1111110101 11001010101 110010100101 0101010111 1011011111 1101010101 1111110101 1111010101 1001001011101 0111111111 010011101001 11000101001 11010100101 0111011101 01010010011 1101111101 11001011101 111101010101 01001010101 0100101101 0101000101 1111111101 01010100101 0111001001 0011010101 0111110101 111001110111 1111010011 0101010101 01011000111 010010111100 1001110001 01111101000 1101001101 10111100111 1100101001101 1111110111 1101110101 1111110110 1101111101 0101011111 0100011101 1111010101 1101010111 110001010101 1101010101 10010011101 1101010101 1101010111 10010010101 0011111101 11011101111 11001010111 110101010111 1101011101 11111100101 01010010101 0111010101 01000111001 1101111101 1100010101 11010100100 110101010101 1101010101 11110001010 1101011101 101111111010 11011001010 0101010101 01110000110 0101010101 111101011101 1111010101 1111110101 1101110111 1011010101 11111101001 11010010001 1001010001 1001111101 110111110111 1111011101 0111010111 1100011101 1101001101 1101110101 0101010101 11010011001 1111010101 1101001100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 14
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 443
  • Average number of words per stanza: 74
  • Amount of lines: 129
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; of, when, all, and, her are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words for, the, of, and, why, her, when, ask are repeated.

    The author used the same words the, why 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 Sable Island;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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