This is an analysis of the poem Candle Hat that begins with:

In most self-portraits it is the face that dominates:
Cezanne is a pair of eyes swimming in brushstrokes,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXabc bXd efgh ifd fa XXi ce ag XcXXh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,3,4,3,2,3,2,2,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0111000011101 1100101100100 1111001001010 10101101010010 010010010 1001101110010 1011001000101 01001010110110 10100101111011 11001101010101101 1010010101010 0011011010001 11101010101 001010001111 10100101011101 111101101101 1001000101010101 010110110100101 10010111110 011011010101 010101001001010 0101011111101 0101100101001 01011100101 0100110010101 1110011001 1001111101110100 111001110101001 010100010010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 164
  • Average number of words per stanza: 31
  • Amount of lines: 29
  • Average number of symbols per line: 50 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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  • summary of Candle Hat;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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