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

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Dark was the dawn, and o'er the deep... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bcbcdd X ededff X gcgcee X hihibb a fafacc a efefaX X jgjgfX X cdXXjj X ggggkk h hghgcc a Xjdjgg X flflaa X ghghaa X lalaee X gagajX X fmfmii X igigii X aeaelX X ngngdd X gcXckk XXgdgdll
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,1,6,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1 110111001 010101 011101001 111101 1101110101 011101100101 1 01011001 110101 11011101 111101 1011000101 110101110101 1 10010101 010111 01010101 1100101 01011000101 110101010101 1 1101110101 1010101 11010101 111101 10001011101 1010110010100101 1 101010101 1011001 101111101 1000101 10101011001 1011101010011 1 101011101 1010101 101111101 1010101 10111110111 1010101011100 1 101010101 1000001 100010101 110001 101001010101 1000101010101 1 100011101 1011101 10101111 101011 10101010101 10100111011001 1 100110001 1010101 1011100101 10101001 10111011101 10001110111101 1 101010101 1011101 101010101 1011101 101011101001 10111110101 1 1000101010 1010101 101010101 10101001 10101110001 1011111010101 1 100110101 1010111 100011101 10010101 10101010100 1010101110101 1 11011111 110101 11100101 1011001 1111010101 1010101010101 1 101011111 111101 101000101 1010101 10101110101 1001101010101 1 1010010101 1011101 1011101001 1010101 10011111101 1010001010010 1 100010101 1100101 101010101 1010101 10101011101 1100101010101 1 11011101 1000101 101010101 1010111 1101001101 1011101110101 1 101011101 1010111 100111101 110101 10100111101 100110101010100 1 01011101 010101 01010101 110101 1101111111 100101010101 1 11010111 1101001 110101010 0100101 1001010111 110101110001 1 11010101 110101 10111101 110111 1101110101 100111100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 42
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 129
  • Average number of words per stanza: 21
  • Amount of lines: 167
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; in, my, now are repeated.

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

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

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

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