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

He waited till within her tower
Her taper signalled him the hour.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa bbab XX XX cc dd ee dd XX cc ff gg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,4,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 110101010 010101010 11011111 111111 0 1 10010100 11010100 11010001 01010100 11010101 11010111 11010011 11010101 11011101 01110101 11011111 11110011 01011100 10011100 11111101 11111111 11010111 11010111 11111101 11001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 68
  • Average number of words per stanza: 13
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The author used the same words he, i 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 Slave;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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