This is an analysis of the poem Our Secret Selves that begins with:

The snow floats down upon us, mingled with rain . . .
It eddies around pale lilac lamps, and falls...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbabXa acdec dXcacdfbf cXbeb Xdbdb faXgbXgbddd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,5,9,5,5,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 01110111001 01001111111 110101 10110100101 111010011111 1111111111001 111101 01110111111 1101011111 10111111011 1110111001010 11011111111 1011001111001 011101111010 11001110101 0010101101110 011100111011 1101001111011 1101101101 010100101110 11001011011 1111010111 10010110110 010101 0100101111110 110111100101 110100101010 1010010011 001110010111 01110011111 11100101111 1100100111001 110011010111 11110100110 10101001011110 111011101 11010110111 010110111110 11011010011 1010010111 01111101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 281
  • Average number of words per stanza: 53
  • Amount of lines: 41
  • Average number of symbols per line: 47 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; we, of, in, house, and, him, to are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words we, and 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.

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  • summary of Our Secret Selves;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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