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

When the investing darkness growls,
And deep reverberates to deep; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababbcbcc dbdbbabaa ececcfcff gegeececc gXghhchcc aXaffifii jh Xjhhchcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,9,9,9,9,9,2,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10010101 11010101 11111101 11011101 11010101 01111101 100100111 01010111 110111000111 11011101 11011111 01010111 11101111 11010001 010011101 11110111 11010001 111101001101 11010001 01110111 00110001 010001001 01011011 10111111 10111111 01110111 010101010101 11010101 01010101 11111101 11110001 01010101 11110111 11110100 110011101 010101110101 10111111 10111111 11111111 01011101 01110011 11010001 01011101 11010011 010101001111 11010001 010011110 11010001 01111111 01011101 11010110 10100101 11010111 0011011111101 110001010 11011101 010101010 011100101 10011101 10110111 11011001 11011101 110111110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 337
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 69
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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; and, of, in are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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