This is an analysis of the poem Argemone that begins with:

The terrible night-watch is over,
I turn where I lie,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababXccb dedeaaae ebebfffb ccccgggc chchccXh ijijkkkj ikiXgggk ibibcccb ililfffl amamcccm cccciiic nfnfgggf dodoaaao gbgbdddb kkkkfffkXcgcggggg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010011010 11111 010111010 11001 111011110 1110100010 10010110 11011 1011110111 01101 111010011 11101 110011110 111010010 111011110 11011 011110110 01111 1110111010 11111 110110110 111000110 110111110 11001 1010111110 11011 011111010 11101 011010111 111010111 110010010 01001 011111010 11111 010011110 001001 011110110 110110010 1010010010 01011 011111111 11011 1011111011 11111 1111011111 011110011 111111111 11111 1110011010 111001 0010010010 001010 0010011010 1111111110 0011011010 101001 111111110 11001 011011110 01101 111011000 011111110 111011110 11111 111111111 11101 1111111011 11011 011010110 111111010 110011010 11001 1101111010 11111 1010011110 101101 1011010110 1010011010 1010011010 101101 10111000011 11111 1010011111 101011 1111011010 0010010010 1011011111 01011 011111110 11111 1110011010 01011 1111111111 010010111 111111111 11011 0101111101 11001 110010011 01101 111010010 110110110 110111110 11001 111111010 11111 110111111 01101 110110110 110110010 111110111 11101 11111101 11111 01101001 01011 111110110 011010010 110010010 11101 111111010 11111 111111110 11111 1111110010 00100011110 111011010 11001
  • Amount of stanzas: 16
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 276
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 128
  • 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; and, us, of, light, nor, seek, for, cold, by, things, all, one, in are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words faint, and, oh, the, nor, in, my, by are repeated.

    The author used the same words alike, and at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines on, one are repeated).

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  • summary of Argemone;
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