This is an analysis of the poem The Old Prison that begins with:

The rows of cells are unroofed,
a flute for the wind's mouth, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

The information we provided is prepared by means of a special computer program. Use the criteria sheet to understand greatest poems or improve your poetry analysis essay.

  • Rhyme scheme: XaXa bbXb Xcdc cbeb Xede
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011100 011011 1100101 0011001 11111 0111101 110110 00100101 10111 010111 110101 010101 1111001 011011 111010 111101 101111 100101 110111 10101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 111
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (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; of, and are repeated.

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

  • summary of The Old Prison;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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