This is an analysis of the poem I Saw A Youthful Mother Lie that begins with:

I saw a youthful mother lie
Upon the bed of death.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaab cdccd efeef ghggh ijiij hkhhk ihiih klkkl kdkXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 010101 110110001 11011101 010011 11010101 010101 10110111 11010101 101011 11111101 001001 10110101 11010011 110101 11011101 010101 11011011 11110001 110101 11001101 1111000 01110101 10100101 010001 11111011 111101 11010111 110000101 110111 01001111 0111010 11111101 11000111 1011010 11100111 111101 01101101 11010101 011101 11010101 111101 11010101 10101111 010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 158
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 45
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (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; her is repeated.

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

    The author used the same word i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of I Saw A Youthful Mother Lie;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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