This is an analysis of the poem Two Items that begins with:

STRONG rocks hold up the riksdag bridge ... always strong river waters shoving their shoulders against them ...
In the riksdag to-night three...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXXX XaXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110101111101010110010 001001110111001100110101110101001010 00101110100101001011001111010101111011101110101010111011101 1100111010110011011 1001011101011010111110010011010111 1001011010110100001010100110011 111011101010110110101100101 11010101011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 989
  • Average number of words per stanza: 180
  • Amount of lines: 9
  • Average number of symbols per line: 109 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 20
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many three dots in the poem. Readers should think of the author's idea together with the pensive speaker.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; in, waters, and, to, riksdag, at are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words in, every, i are repeated.

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

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