This is an analysis of the poem The Dream that begins with:

'TWAS summer eve; the changeful beams still play'd
On the fir-bark and through the beechen shade; ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme:
  • Stanza lengths (in strings):
  • Closest metre:
  • –°losest rhyme:
  • –°losest stanza type:
  • Guessed form:
  • Metre:
  • Amount of stanzas: 118
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 584
  • Average number of words per stanza: 101
  • Amount of lines: 1507
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; still, to, his, him, for, then, their, and, of, all, so, that, in, my, thy, by, not, whose, our, we, they, what, how, no, her, with, me, some, as, thee, every, before, who are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words still, nor, thy, the, for, though, then, of, so, when, from, and, whose, shadows, some, what, those, again, to, in, no, a, or, they, music, vainly, till, by, before, there, his are repeated.

    The author used the same words sometimes, 'there, 'and at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The words/phrases by, not connect the lines.

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

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