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

They have laid him away;
Even he who was always so strong and gay...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaa bbbb cccc XbbX ddddd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111101 10111111111 00100110101 1101111011 101001 11111111111 10111110111 00101101001 101011 00110100101 11101101111 11001101011 110110 11101101101 01101101001 11001010110 111111 1010110 1001 11110111011 11101111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 169
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 21
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • 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 speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; though, ', again, 'not are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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