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

The sea is just a cradle wide and deep,-
A cradle that the moon rocks to and fro;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cXXc dede fcfc dgdg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0101010111 0101011011 1111111101 1101111101 1111010001 0100110101 1111111100 1110010001 1110010101 11010111001 1111000101 1101011101 0111111101 1001010101 1101011101 1100110101 1101010100 0111010011 1101010101 0101011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 171
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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