This is an analysis of the poem The Beacon Fires that begins with:

A GLEAM -- a gleam -- from Ida's height,
By the Fire-god sent, it came; ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcXcXddXaddedeeebbaXcca dddcffggbdXbddgghhddcggiic
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 26,26,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010101 10101101 01010111 1010101 0110101 101011010 110111 10101000 11010101 01010101 100101001 1101001001 1100100101 10110101 101111001 10110101 11001 101011 11011101101 0100110101 0011000101 0100111001 1110100101 10111 10101 01001001 1011 10101 010011001 1111001 010100101 10100100101 110100101 11011001 0100101 11001 10110 010101 01011101 100100101 110011101 1011110101 0100111010 0110010010 1111010101 01010010101 1100010101 1111010101 0101011101 1111001101 1111010101 1011010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1896
  • Average number of words per stanza: 337
  • Amount of lines: 53
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of is repeated.

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

  • summary of The Beacon Fires;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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