This is an analysis of the poem Artificer that begins with:

Burning, he walks in the stream of flickering letters, clarinets,
machines throbbing quicker than the heart, lopped-off heads, silk...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXX a bc c dcXbXe XdbXXcecca
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,1,2,1,6,10,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011001010010100 0110101011111 1001111001 1100100111 01011110101000101 1 1111011011111 1101010100110100 101 1011101010011100 10010101010011001 01 0001011100111 110101011111 1001111011001 111110110101 100111001011100010 01101011101000 110111101111010 11001011110010 101101010010000101 10 10110101011101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 201
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 23
  • Average number of symbols per line: 52 (very long strings)
  • 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; he, his, in are repeated.

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

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