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

ALL silent is the room,
There is no stir of breath,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd eded fgXg gdgd gbgb dcdc Xhhh igig djdj fkfk fdfd hlhl gigi ghXh fhfh mhmk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110001 101101 111001 110101 110101 111101 010101 110101 110111 111101 110111 110111 111101 010111 110101 110101 110111 111101 010111 111111 111111 010011 111101 011111 010111 111001 111101 111111 010110 011101 011101 111101 111101 111101 110111 110101 111101 111101 110111 1101001 111001 111111 011111 011110 101101 1001001 111111 010101 111101 111111 1101001 111111 111101 010101 110101 110111 110111 1001010 111110 1110110 110101 011101 010111 110001 111101 111101 111101 010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 123
  • Average number of words per stanza: 22
  • Amount of lines: 68
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; so is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words thy, the, no, i 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 Dead Child;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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