This is an analysis of the poem An Electric Sign Goes Dark that begins with:

Poland, France, Judea ran in her veins,
Singing to Paris for bread, singing to Gotham in a fizz at the pop of a bottle’s cork....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ab Xa XX XXX XXab XcXXac
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,3,4,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1010101001 10010111001000110100101 111111111111111101 10010010110101 011010010110101100101101 101101010101 10011010 10110101010010100101101101011010001001001100110 101011001001111101101101 01011 010100111111100111001 011000111010101101110 0100011111101011111 1010110111 11110111010 101010101100011000111001000010101 11101010101010100100111000011110001011001010 101111111101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 211
  • Average number of words per stanza: 38
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 81 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 15
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase forty connects the lines.

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

  • summary of An Electric Sign Goes Dark;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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