This is an analysis of the poem The Hangman At Home that begins with:

What does a hangman think about
When he goes home at night from work? ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXcbbdaeffghfbdcdXehXigie
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 26,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 11111101 11110011 1010101010 10111111 10010011 110111111 111101101 01011101 101010010 101011110 111101010 101110010 1110111 011110101 11011101 11011110 110011111 000110111 11001111 0101010101 1101110 1011101010 1111101010 111010101010 11
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 919
  • Average number of words per stanza: 186
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

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

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  • summary of The Hangman At Home;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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