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

I SAW a telegram handed a two hundred pound man at a desk. And the little scrap of paper charged the air like a set of crystals in a chemist's tube...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXX aXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010110011011101101010101011010100010100100101 11101101111101010111101101001101110111010101010111 111111101111110101011010001110 111011010100010110100101 110110011001001111001001 110110110010101110111111111111111111110101000
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 859
  • Average number of words per stanza: 179
  • Amount of lines: 7
  • Average number of symbols per line: 122 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 26
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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