This is an analysis of the poem A Child My Choice that begins with:

Let folly praise that fancy loves, I praise and love that Child
Whose heart no thought, whose tongue no word, whose hand no deed defiled.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XX ab cc dd ab ee ff gg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11011101111111 111111111111100 11111111111100 11110111110101 11011101110101 01110111010101 11111011110101 11111110110111 11111111111110 11111111111101 01010101011101 01110111011101 01111111110101 100101111101001 01011101111101 01110111011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 129
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 64 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 13
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, praise, love, him, and, whose, no, to, he, his, though, our, as, yet are repeated.

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

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

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

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