This is an analysis of the poem An Evening Guest that begins with:

IF, in the silence of this lonely eve,
With the street lamp pale flickering on the wall, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXa bcbc dede bfbf fXfd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0001000101 00111100101 1100010110 01010111111 1110011100 1011010101 1011011101 1101010111 1111011111 11110111111 11010011111 0110010100 1111111001 0101000101 11111100101 1111000101 1111110101 1111110100 1011110111 11101101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 177
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 20
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; in, i are repeated.

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

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  • summary of An Evening Guest;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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