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

HERE at the country inn,
I lie in my quiet bed, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abCb Xbdb dcXc ecXc XfXf acdcXedCd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110101 1101101 101010010 111011 100111 1101001 111001010 0110101 010101 0010101 01001010 0100111 1011111 010100 01001010 0101101 1000101 1110111 1011010 1101001 1111111 100111 11101010 100101 110101 1101101 101010010 101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 123
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; of, in are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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