This is an analysis of the poem Retroduction To American History that begins with:

Cats walk the floor at midnight; that enemy of fog,
The moon, wraps the bedpost in receding stillness; sleep...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabX aXXbbcb dcXdefgdXcghibbjhkgfjlcaibX begbecg dXmkbemekXjclffl
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,7,27,7,16,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101111110001 0110100010101 01110101101010 01000111011 1101010111 11110011101 010101011010101 101010001001 11000111101 0001010101010 0010010 1010111 10101011011000 01110101001100 010100010111010 101010100100 101001001101010 0110110101 01001010001 010001010101000 010101100101010 010101010010101 0101101101011 0100100101111 10111011011 01010010101 01001000100100010 101001001011101 100101000110101001 1010010100100001 1110010001 0100111010110010 1101110101 10100111010 01101111101001 010111010000001 011100101110 01100100010011 1101000101011 1111000010101 11010010110011 0101110111101 01010101001101 100001000111100100 11010 0111011 10100010 1101010 1110111 101111 110001 1100010 111011 1111001 1101100100011100 00111101110100 010110110111 1011110111 01010010111 010101011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 467
  • Average number of words per stanza: 76
  • Amount of lines: 60
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, with, his, when are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines shall is repeated).

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  • summary of Retroduction To American History;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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