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

We have heard it. Oft we heard it long before we came of age.
In whatever fields we practise, art whatever arts engage:... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcX ddeedX dXdddX ffccgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111011101011101 011011101110101 101100101100111 011010101010101 101011101010001 101011101111111 101011101010111 111011101010001 1010101001100101 1110010111111001 1010010101011001 11101111101000110 101010111011111 11111011101110 101111101011101 111101100100001 111010100010101 111001101110111 111010101110111 101110101110101 101000101110101 111010101111101 111011101011101 111010101010011
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 394
  • Average number of words per stanza: 71
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 65 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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  • summary of Definitions;
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  • history of its creation;
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