This is an analysis of the poem A Song For The New Year {1915} that begins with:

THE Year of the Sorrows went out with great wind:
Lift up, lift up, O broken hearts, your Lord is kind, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccbb XXbbXaabb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01001011011 111111011101 11110111110 0001010101001 11011110101 11100111111 111111111001 1001010101001 11111111111 111101010101 1111110110111 1111010101001 011011100101 111111011101 0111010101001 1111010101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 216
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 53 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word they is repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word sea at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of A Song For The New Year {1915};
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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