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On the Grasshopper and Cricket

Analysis Formal Analysis We can see that there are four stanzas: two quatrains and two tercets. Each verse has ten syllables, so we conclude that it is a Petrarchan sonnet with the following full-rhyme: ABBA-ABBA-CDE-CDE Interpretation The poet suggests that … Continue reading

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On the Grasshopper and Cricket, by John Keats

On the Grasshopper and Cricket The poetry of earth is never dead: When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run From hedge about new-mown-mead- That is the Grasshopper’s. He … Continue reading

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Analysis of Portrait of a young man with a bad heart

In this poem, the formal pattern isn’t as important as in other poems already analysed troughout this literary blog. Just notice the unmistakable Free Verse -no rhyme, no metre. There aren’t even stanzas. The author wrote it following any scheme. … Continue reading

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Portrait of a young man with a bad heart, by W.C.Williams

Portrait of a young man with a bad heart Have I seen her? Only through the window across the street. If I go meeting her on the comer some damned fool will go blabbing it to the old man and … Continue reading

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On the Departure Platform, by Thomas Hardy

On the Departure Platform We kissed at the barrier; and passing through She left me, and moment by moment got Smaller and smaller, until to my view She was but a spot; A wee white spot of muslin fluff That … Continue reading

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Analysis of On the Departure Platform

Formal Pattern This is a poem about love. It has six quatrains -the last one appears to be a dialogue. Regarding metre we clearly see it varies troughout the stanzas  and dealing with rhyme, notice the full rhyme. Interpretation There … Continue reading

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On the sea, by John Keats

On the sea It keeps eternal whisperings around Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell Gluts twice ten thousand Caverns, till the spell Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound. Often ’tis in such gentle temper found, That scarcely … Continue reading

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Analysis of On the sea

Formal Pattern This is a Petrarchan sonnet -two quatrains and two tercets. Each verse has ten syllables and the full-rhyme follows this scheme: abbaabba cdeedc. Talking about the metre of this poem, you have to notice that it’s an Iambic … Continue reading

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Analysis of The elephant is slow to mate

Formal Pattern: This poem is divided in six stanzas. Each of them is a quatrain. If we take a look at the metre we clearly see it varies -some verses have eight or ten syllables whereas the sorthest ones have … Continue reading

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The elephant is slow to mate, by D.H. Lawrence

The elephant is slow to mate The elephant, the huge old beast, is slow to mate; he finds a female, they show no haste they wait for the sympathy in their vast shy hearts slowly, slowly to rouse as they … Continue reading

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