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

Obscurest night involv'd the sky,
Th' Atlantic billows roar'd,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc ccccdd dadaee bfbfbb bgbghh aiaiaa XbXbgg chchjj khkhbb icicffXbdbdaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10010101 1010101 11010111 111011 01010101 01011101 110111001 110111 11011101 010101 11011101 11101001 11010101 100111 11110101 110101 11010101 01010101 11010111 010101 110100101 110001 11111101 11010101 11011101 111101 01010101 011001 11111111 100111101 11010111 110101 01110101 011100 11010101 01010111 110111110 010101 11110011 010001 11010101 10011101 11010101 011101 11010101 110111 11110111 010011111 11011101 010001 11010101 010101 11111101 01010001 11110111 100101 01010101 010101 110010101 01000101 11010101 110101 11011001 110101 11010101 110010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 210
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 66
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, nor, his are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word no is repeated.

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

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