This is an analysis of the poem Grandmother's Quilt that begins with:

There 's an old, old quilt a dear old quilt
A warm old quilt, at home, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bc bX dc d e fe fg eg d f hf hh dc D Xa Xa hd gD d bd bi di X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,2,2,2,1,1,2,2,2,1,1,2,2,2,1,2,2,2,2,1,2,2,2,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111110111 011111 111101101 1110101 01001110 0100101 0101111101 0111101 01010111110 01101011 110010010110 0101111 11100110111 1110111 110101111 0011111 1110111101 1110011 111011111110 1100111 000111101 111001011 1101110111 00111101 1011101001 00100101 1101100101 1100101 100100111101 11001011 01010100111 00111101 11110101101 111111 1111110111 1111001 111101101 111111 1111111001 0111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 24
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 62
  • Average number of words per stanza: 12
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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; old, to, quilt, it, covered, and, of, me are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words as, it, of, and are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines bed is repeated).

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

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  • summary of Grandmother's Quilt;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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