This is an analysis of the poem Compact Dusk that begins with:

Here at the height of the day night change
The color of the sky is uncertain,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abba cdcd efX Xfe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,3,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: Shakespearean sonnet
  • Metre: 110100111 0100010010 0101001010 1111001001 11111111010 1000110101 111101010 1011011101 0110110011 10010101001 1001110000 10101010011 01010100010 0111111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 142
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; of is repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Compact Dusk;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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