This is an analysis of the poem The House Of The Life: The Kiss that begins with:

What smouldering senses in death's sick delay
Or seizure of malign vicissitude ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabba caaccX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 11001001101 1100011100 11010010101 0101010101 11101110101 01111100101 110010011111 01110010111 1101010101 11011110111 0101010111 0111111101 11111100101 1001100100100
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 309
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; of, when are repeated.

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

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