This is an analysis of the poem Husbands Over Seas that begins with:

Each morning they sit down to their little bites of bread,
To six warm bowls of porridge and a broken mug or two....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef aXeae
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101110110101 01110101010111 111010101110101 11110101010101 110111001101010 11011101110101 1010101011101010 11110101011101 11011101110101 110010101010101 111110101110101 11110101110001 01111101011101 01011100011001 11110101111101 11011101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 196
  • Average number of words per stanza: 37
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 61 (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; each, and, they are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word the 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 Husbands Over Seas;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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