This is an analysis of the poem An Old Malediction that begins with:

What well-heeled knuckle-head, straight from the unisex
Hairstylist and bathed in Russian Leather, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXXXbbaXXXXXX Xa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,2,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: rondeau
  • Metre: 111101100101 1001101010 10011110110 01010111111 10010101110 01111111101 001101001001 101101110101 111110010010 101101100110 011101010111 111001001001 011011110101 11110111010 10010
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 358
  • Average number of words per stanza: 61
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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.

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  • summary of An Old Malediction;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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