This is an analysis of the poem The Ballad Of The 'Britain's Pride' that begins with:

It was a skipper of Lowestoft
That trawled the northern sea,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabcDadaeX dXbfeeXe gdgddcD Xd Xbgbbhfh edadXdXcDX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 10,8,7,2,8,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010100100 1100101 0010111110 10 101 11 10101010 1010101 111111011 100001 0111110 11100101 0011100101 1101101 11001011 011101 1111100101 1011101 101110010 1101011 1010100111 0010101 101011111 1100 101 11011110 010111 1010010 10101 110010010 1110101 01010010 010101 100101101 110101 1001010 010111 1011110101 1010101 110110110 1101001 0010010100 10100 101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 264
  • Average number of words per stanza: 52
  • Amount of lines: 46
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; he, and, his are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of The Ballad Of The 'Britain's Pride';
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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