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

The unsoiled hand, the sleek, black coat,
The senile, ledger-haunted hours,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd efefcaXa ghghbXba iiiijaXa kXkacccc fjfjXlcX XcbcdadX bdXXXclc dXdXadad
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 010010111 011101010 01011101 010101110 01010101 01110101 11000011 11000101 01000001 01110111 11110101 11101111 10010101 01110101 010111110 01010101 11010001 11010101 11111111 11010001 01111101 01010100 01111111 11010111 010101101 10011111 11110101 010010111 11100111 11110101 01010111 11011101 11010101 101110100 01111100 01010101 10111101 11110101 11011101 01100011 11110101 11001111 111101010 11000111 11010101 01010110 11110101 11011100 11110111 101110101 11010101 11110011 11101101 11010001 01010111 01010100 10010101 11010101 1111010 01110111 11010100 11010011 11111100 11110111 011101001 01010001 01011101 11110011 01000101 01000101 11010001 11110001
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 278
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 72
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; my, who, our, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words the, a, that, i, with are repeated.

    The author used the same word the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

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

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