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

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The inkstand is full of ink, and the paper lies white and unspotted,... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: a Xbcd e fd cghXX X iedXc cX jE X ahX X k X flX jXXjj a fgijbmX ng ihk c jnjXjn X f a X X ldcofaddX gX X dX gmf cXdaeij jE X efnX hX oj X a dkd df Xd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,4,1,2,5,1,5,2,2,1,3,1,1,1,3,5,1,7,2,3,1,6,1,1,1,1,1,9,2,1,2,3,7,2,1,4,2,2,1,1,3,2,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1 01001011010111100 00101110101010100 0101110101010101 01011101010011 11011011 10101010100010110101 10100100101010101 1101001100011 110101111110101 0100100111110010 11110011101010 1010101 01011100100 110100100010001001010 011001010010111 101010010001111101 11010111011010101 11000101110011101 1010111011011001 11101001000 0101111001001010110 11 1 101001001101011001 0101110010011001110 01010100101 1000111101110 1011010 111100 1100100101001011 011011110010010111 1110111110110101 010110001000101101 11001101110011110 110111010100110 11100111111011101 110111 01110010010101011 11011111011010101 1101111000100111110 10100101110101101 010111110111111 110110101100100111 10111011001101111 1011111 0110001001100110101 01001 101001000110110 1100001010101010 11101110101001010 01010001000101 110010111001010101 0111110110100101 01011101111110101 010010110011010110 10101111100011100010 01 1011101110 110100011001 100101101001 1 1111001011110100 11010101011110111 111101111111111 1101010101001111 1101101110101110 1111101111111001 0101001111110101 111101111111111 1011111001101110110 111110010111 1111101001101100 11111011 11010111010 100101100111010111 1111 011100100100101 011001001000110010 10101 1111001111010011 11111111010100110 0011110111001010 0101011110111001 11010101110001011 10011101110110010 1010110101 010111100100101011 11 1 1101101011001 11011110111010101 1111011010111110 100110010001100 01110110101001110 1001101011011100 0100101011001001 10101101 010111111100100 1 01001011101010011 1010101010011011110 01000110001010011 011010111010111 110010011011001001001 01
  • Amount of stanzas: 43
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 138
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 117
  • Average number of symbols per line: 50 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and, silver, she, tap, his, in, my, her, you, me, it, ', eyes, blood are repeated.

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

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

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