This is an analysis of the poem The Sailor's Return that begins with:

This morn I lay a-dreaming,
This morn, this merry morn,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXb AcAc dcEFc fcfc acac dcEFX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,5,4,4,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0111010 010101 1011101001 110101 11011110 1101001 11011110 0111001 110010 11001 11 010 10100101 110010 11001 11110 111001 101010 111101 110110 11111001 1110010 11101 11 010 111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 110
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 25 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; this, morn, boat are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of The Sailor's Return;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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