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

This is the listening week of the year
Listening-in.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aBaBcccB dBdBeeeB bBbBffXb gbgBdddb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0001001001 1000 01101001001 1000 1100100101 00100100101 100110111 111000 1011111111 1000 0110101101 1000 0101100101 00110110101 001001101001 111000 0011111111 1000 1010110101 1000 111000101 1110111101 11100101110 111000 00100100111 11000 100101101 1000 010100011 1010001101 11101111011 001000
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 266
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word to is repeated.

    The poet repeated the same word in 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 word/phrase in connects the lines.

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

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