This is an analysis of the poem A Fragment that begins with:

Should fickle hands in far-off days
No longer stroke thy hair,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd efefghgh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010111 110111 11110101 010111 11111110 100111 10011101 110101 11110101 110101 110010101 111111 11110101 110101 01111101 111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 254
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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 is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

  • summary of A Fragment;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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