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

I am the mother of sorrows,
I am the ender of grief; ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXb cdXd Xece afaf ecdc ebeb dgeg Xaea
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010010 1101001 11011010 1101101 11111110 1111111 11010010 1111111 11111010 1111011 10111011 1011101 10111110 1010101 11010010 1001001 10110111 1111011 11110010 1111001 10011011 1001001 11111111 1111011 11111110 1101001 11110111 1101001 10110110 1111011 11111111 1101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 130
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, thy, my, as, me are repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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