This is an analysis of the poem De Te that begins with:

A burning glass of burnish'd brass,
The calm sea caught the noontide rays,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababXcbcc dedeededd fgfgggggg agagggggg hdhddbdbb bhbhhihii djdjjejcc ieiXeaeXa jejeehehh kbkbbabaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01010101 01110101 11010101 110110101 01010101 01010101 01110101 01010101 101010111 11010101 110111001 11111111 11111101 011100001 101110111 01111111 11010101 1100101001 01110101 01011101 01000101 01000101 01011101 11110111 10010001 10111111 10111101 011111001 010010101 11110101 1101001 11111101 11011101 11010101 11010111 11011111 01111101 11010110 111011101 11110011 11011101 110100101 11110111 11111111 10110101 11111101 100101001 11010111 10010101 11111111 11010101 11010100 11011101 01110111 11110111 01001101 11011111 11010111 11010001 01011101 10010001 10011101 101111101 11110101 11111111 10011111 1111111 11111111 10110011 11110100 11010101 11100101 111100101 01010101 11111101 11110111 11110111 01110111 11110111 01010101 11111101 11101101 11110101 110011101 01010101 01010111 01011100 001100101 110111111 01000111
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 324
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 90
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, we, and, he, or, who, i are repeated.

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

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

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

  • summary of De Te;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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