This is an analysis of the poem Nocturne that begins with:

Mother died last night,
Mother who never dies....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aX bcX Cde bX Df DXd gha eida hi CgXffd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,3,3,2,2,3,3,4,2,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10111 101101 101001 10101 10011001 010101 10111010 100110 111 0101010100100 10111 1011 10111 110110 111110010 010101001 0100001 10111 10011 010110010 01101 11110011 101111010 1101001010 010101 10100101 101001 010101 10010
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 69
  • Average number of words per stanza: 13
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 25 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The author used the same word how 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 Nocturne;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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