This is an analysis of the poem In Memoriam that begins with:

William G., Eldest Son Of W. W. Belknap, Secretary of War
Touch the harp with gentlest finger, let a strain of tenderest feeling ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X aabXbaaccc ccdad aacXX XXeXe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,10,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101101010010010101001 101010010101010010 1010101010101010 1010111001010101 1011101000111010 111010101110101 1010001000110010 1011101010111010 101011101110101 1010011110101011 101010101000101 0111101010101011 1110111010111011 111011111110101 10101110101010010 101011101110101 1010111010111010 10111110111110010 1110111000011111 1110101010101100 10101010101011111 1011101110101010 101010101101010011 111011101110101 1010101011101010 101111101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 353
  • Average number of words per stanza: 62
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 67 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, his, him, and are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words ere, when, may are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines him is repeated).

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

  • summary of In Memoriam;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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