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

Now you hear what the house has to say.
Pipes clanking, water running in the dark,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabcXd cedcXX Xbaaea
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 111101101 1101010001 0101100010 1101001101 010110100100 1111111001 11111000111 11111110 0100100010101 0101010101 1100010101 01011111001 110101011011 01010011101 0101010001 1000101101 01001000101 0101100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 259
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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