This is an analysis of the poem A Keynote [extract] that begins with:

Heard, from the speaking stones that strew
The hillside of Success;...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef gfgf fhfh ijij ikik
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10010111 011001 01110001 111101 010100101 111101 01010101 0101001 01000101 010001 01010001 110101 10010100 011001 01110101 010101 01000101 110001 11100101 111001 11010001 110101 11010001 0110011 11010111 110101 11011101 011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 120
  • Average number of words per stanza: 20
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The author used the same word from 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 A Keynote [extract];
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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