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

Hollow rang the house when I knocked on the door,
And I lingered on the threshold with my hand ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaac bXccX cbccX dXddX cXccbXcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10101111101 11101011011 100011111 1001010010101 1011011 01111101 01110101 00100101001 10011111001 0111001 010110111 01110101 1100101001 00100110111 00101011 11101010 11011101 0111101010 1010111110 11001101 010011101 11010011 110100111 10010111 111011100 11001001010 101101 01010100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 222
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words with, the, i 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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