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

O my brave heart! O my strong heart! My sweet heart and gay,
The soul of me went with you the hour you marched away,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd eedd XdXX ffaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1111111111111 01011010101101 1101010010111 1101010010111 1101110111111 1100010010101 1101010110101 0100010010001 1101010110101 11010101010101 1101011111111 11110111011101 11011011010001 11010111110111 01000101010101 1101010010101 111111111111 1111010111101 01011100010110 0101110110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 229
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 56 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • 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 author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; my, heart, it, of, and are repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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