This is an analysis of the poem A Sybil that begins with:

Long before our time they called her old,
But she'd walk down the same road every day....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abba cdcd XXd XXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,3,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: Shakespearean sonnet
  • Metre: 101111101 11110111001 01011101 0011010101 0100110111 0111011001 10010101 1101010101 1101010101 1001110001 1011011101 0101010101 11010101001 1011111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 144
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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