This is an analysis of the poem Vanishing Act that begins with:

my father is having to leave the house
with delicacy, easing the dead bolt open...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXbaXXXbaccXXabXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1100100101 010001001110 001011001 010001011001 010011011 0101011110101 111110111 110100111 01110111 1101001011 100111001 111100111001 001010010011 01010110100 1100010110 01100001110 100100111 11011110
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 719
  • Average number of words per stanza: 137
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; his is repeated.

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

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