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

IN despite of the cold and the gloom,
To ornament summer's bleak tomb,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabba ccbbc ddeed
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: rondeau
  • Metre: 001001101 01001011 101011101 11001001 101001001 001001001 01011101 111111001 01011011 001001001 11101011 01001101 01001001 01111001 101011010
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 193
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 15
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of 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 Sympathy;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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