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

Who wants a nice white elephant,
Quite fit in wind and limb?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbabcdAd Aaeacfaf AegghhfhXafafdada
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,17,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011100 110111 11001101 111111 01110101 1110101 11011100 111111 11011100 110101 01111101 101101 11011111 010111 11011100 010101 11011100 0101001 01011100 100100 01011111 111111 111010111 1110111 11011100 110101 11111011 110001 11111111 110111 10110101 111100
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 236
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

    The author used the same word who 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 Incubus;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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