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

Destiny drives a crooked plough
And sows a careless seed;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab ccXc dede fdfd ghgh ibib afaf afXf ecec jgjX ekek flfl mimi gjgj kfkX fefe jdjd fnfn cacX ebeb bibi knkn bkbk bebeXkeke
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10010101 110101 11011111 110101 01010101 110111 11110100 100101 100010111 110111 110100101 100101 01010101 111101 11010111 110001 10010101 110101 11010111 110101 01001101 100111 110101011 101101 11011101 100101 11111101 0010011 001010111 1001001 101001101 110111 10110111 010101 011101101 100111 11010001 0011111 01110101 1101110 11011001 111111 01110101 0101111 10110101 110111 11011101 111111 01001001 100101 01000111 010111 1100111001 010101 10110011 010101 11010111 110111 01011101 100101 11010101 1100101 10010101 010011 01100111 010111 11010101 010101 11000101 010101 01010101 0100101 10010101 111111 01011111 101111 11000111 011101 11011101 110101 010010101 111101 10110011 101101 100101001 010101 011100101 1101011 01010101 110101 10010101 110101 01011001 011111 010100101 010101 11000101 010101 010101001 011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 25
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 125
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 100
  • 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; and, it are repeated.

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

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

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