This is an analysis of the poem To The Prophetic Soul that begins with:

What are these bustlers at the gate
Of now or yesterday,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXab cdcd efef XaXa gfgf hbhb hihi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11110101 011101 11100101 111111 110101110 110111 111101010 010111 11001111 111011 110011111 111111 11110100 0100101 111100101 110001 10110101 001101 11000111 110001 11111011 100101 11001011001 111011 011110111 110111 110101001 110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 124
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word that is repeated.

    The author used the same word these at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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

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