This is an analysis of the poem Richborough Castle that begins with:

THESE three grey walls are still stout and strong,
Though the fourth wide wall has crumbled away ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababccab dedeffde egeghheg hihibbhi bebeeebe jfjfiijf gbgXkkgX ligieegi mlmlglml
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 111111111 1011111001 1011110111 1011100101 100101110 101001010 1100100101 110110101 101100011 0111101111 1011011101 010011101 11111111 1111110111 101001101001 10100100110 10011101 010110101 11111111 1010100101 111101101 111100101 110111101 11011101011 1011101011 0010110101 011110101 1011110101 1011100101 00000100000 11010111010 00100101011 1110110111 100100111 1111100111 111101101 1100100111 1110100111 01101011001 10101100101 111110101 11000011 11001011011 010100101 10100110101 0100100101 0010010101 1011110111 11101101001 01001101001 010100101 1010101000 010101111 0100100101 1101110111 1111100100 1111111101 0010101111 0101001000 111001111 100101101 111101111101 1101100111 1101101111 11111111101 01000100110 00111101101 0010110101 1110101011 110110101 11100111101 10101111011
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 356
  • Average number of words per stanza: 65
  • Amount of lines: 80
  • 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; and, to, be, it, of, we, in, had are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, the, to, in, had are repeated.

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

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