This is an analysis of the poem The Two Keys that begins with:

There was a Boy, long years ago,
Who hour by hour awake would lie,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbcbb bdbd efgf ahad ijij idid kbkb lflf mmmm nini mama idid bhbd ekgo mdmd mlml mnmn bjbj ididabab mbmb dfdf fbfc fmfmkjkj mfmf ofof aiaiXibib
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,8,4,4,4,8,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11011001 1101100111 11011101 01011001 110011111 01010100 11010111 11010101 10110101 1010010101 10010001 11010101 110000111 1101111 010010011 010100101 11010001 11010100 11011101 01010101 11010101 01010111 11010101 11110101 11010111 11110101 11010111 11010101 11010000 11011111 11011001 01010101 01010111 01010101 10010101 11000101 11011101 11010101 11010111 01010101 11010111 11111111 11110101 01110001 010010101 11000101 11110101 11010101 100100111 01011001 11010111 11010101 11010101 110100100 01111001 11110101 01110101 11110101 11011111 11011101 110101101 01011101 110001101 11010101 110010101 11010101 11010111 111100101 11111101 11111101 11011101 11111100 01100111 01110101 11111111 010111101 11010101 01011101 01010101 11010101 11111101 10011111 11010111 11110101 11100111 11111001 11110111 11110111 11111111 11010101 010010001 101000001 010010001 110101011 11010101 01010100 00110111 01110111 11011111 11010101 110101110 01010111 100111010 11110101 101111001 11010101 11100101 01011100 01010101 11010111 01110001 01110001 11010101 01111111 01110101 110010111 10110101 11101111 10100101 11110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 27
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 159
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 122
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; and, of, love, so are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words and, she 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 Two Keys;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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