This is an analysis of the poem An Exile's Song that begins with:

My soul is like a prisoned lark,
That sings and dreams of liberty,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXaB cbcB dbdb ebeB fbfB dbdbXabab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11010101 11110100 01110111 01010101 11010011 11110111 110001001 01010101 11110001 010101001 01010111 11101111 11110111 11110001 11110101 01010101 11110111 11110101 11110101 01010101 11110111 01110100 11000111 01110111 11111111 01110101 00010101 01010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 133
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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; to, i, not are repeated.

    The author used the same words my, at, i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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  • summary of An Exile's Song;
  • central theme;
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  • history of its creation;
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