This is an analysis of the poem The Saddest Thing that begins with:

I've done the saddest thing to-day
That ever fell to woman's lot:... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd bebefafa ffffghgh bibibgbg ececdjdj kfkfecec eeeecaca leledcdc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11010101 11010101 11010101 110010111 01010111 01111101 11011111 101011101 01010101 01111101 01011101 11111101 01010111 11110101 10010101 11110101 01010111 01011101 11010101 01011101 01001101 11010101 11010101 11110101 01010101 10011101 10011101 11010111 11010011 10010101 10110101 11111101 01010101 01110111 10010101 11011101 00101101 110111010 01110101 010011010 01011101 00010101 11111111 01010101 01010101 11010101 010100111 01010111 01110101 01110101 01011101 11010101 01000101 11000101 11000111 00111111 11110110 11010111 11011111 01000101 10110111 100111010 111100111 010001010
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 282
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 64
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words her, the, as, i are repeated.

    The author used the same word her 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 The Saddest Thing;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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