This is an analysis of the poem Difference that begins with:

My mind’s a map. A mad sea-captain drew it
Under a flowing moon until he knew it; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeedbd aabbffbbdbd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 13,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 11010111010 10010101110 1011010111 11110101001 1101011101 1001110101 0111010111 1101010111 0101011001 0101010111 0101010111 01010100 11 1101011101 01011100001 0100110111 0111110111 1011010101 01011100101 1011011101 1101010001 0101110101 0101010 111
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 481
  • Average number of words per stanza: 88
  • Amount of lines: 25
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (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; here, country are repeated.

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

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

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

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

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