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

It is possible…
It is possible at least sometimes…...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXcad bXeb bcfaga hIhA dfd jabckl eIhA f jegbjlXekj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,4,6,4,3,6,4,1,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 00100 001001101 0010001001 0101 010101 1101 001001101 0101 1010010101 0101 1011001 1101001 110110010 11000010 111 11000010 0101110 111101101 1111011100 11001011 111011 0010 11011 10101010 110001 101 00100010 1010 0111 010111 111101101 1111011100 11001011 11010010 100110 001010 101 0010001 1010 001111011 0101111 1110111 010
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 112
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 43
  • 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 speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; it, possible, he, my are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words it, he are repeated.

    The author used the same word it at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase from connects the lines.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of The Prison Cell;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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