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

Eagles of coral
adorn the ebony bed...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXacc dXdadbdXXXXXdX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,14,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10010 0101001 1101101 101010 00100101 0011001 1001010111 0101001000 110011100 010110 110111010010 1101001 010110101 101111011 11010100010 10001001 101101100 11011010010 0111110110 1110110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 339
  • Average number of words per stanza: 59
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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; in, of are repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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