This is an analysis of the poem Evensong that begins with:

There was a time we had the power
To build with Silent Thought...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcX efef dgdg bdbd hbhb igig djXjXedad
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110111010 010101 001101010 110111 11001011 110100 01010101 111000 11110111 111101 11010011 110111 11011111 110001 01101101 010101 11110101 110101 110010111 010001 11111001 111101 01010001 110101 10010111 011100 01110111 010001 11010111 1000001 01010101 110101 11110101 1011001 11110010 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 135
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • 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; when is repeated.

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

    The author used the same word 'when 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 Evensong;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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