This is an analysis of the poem The Will-O'-The-Wisp that begins with:

The Will-o'-the-Wisp is out on the marsh,
And all alone he goes; ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabXca Xdbdcd acXcbc aaXaba aefebe XcbcXc acXcfc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0010101101 110111 1101001001 010101 11110111 1110111 001011111 1111111 101110101 1100111 110011111 1011111 011100101 010101 110111101 110110 110100101 1110110 0100101101 011101 11110101 101001001 1110110101 1010111 110010010 0111111 010110101 1111101 0110110101 0110101 101010101 111101 01010101 110101 1111101001 1100111 011100101 1100101 0111101111 00100101 10101000101 1110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 218
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 42
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; he is repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, there's 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.

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  • summary of The Will-O'-The-Wisp;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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