This is an analysis of the poem When The Eye Of Day Is Shut that begins with:

When the eye of day is shut,
And the stars deny their beams,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd aeae afaf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101 1010111 1010101 1010101 0110101 0011001 1111101 1111101 1011011 0011111 0110111 1110111 0110101 0011001 1111111 1111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 126
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; from, in, you are repeated.

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

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  • summary of When The Eye Of Day Is Shut;
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  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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