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

By Mystic's banks I held my dream.
(I held my fishing rod as well)...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbcbC ababbcbC aXaXbcbC
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011111 11110111 01010111 01010101 11010101 010111001 11010101 01001101 11110101 11111101 11010111 110101001 11110101 01100101 11011001 01001101 11010111 11010100 1101001 01111111 11010111 01011101 11010101 01001101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 277
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; thy, 'to, ' are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word lines at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

  • summary of Ballade;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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