This is an analysis of the poem The Ghost Bereft that begins with:

THE poor ghost came through the wind and rain
And passed down the old dear road again. ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aa bb cc cc dd ee ff aa dX aa cc ff gX aa bb dd hh dd bb gg ii dX aa jj bb gg ii cc aX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 011110111 111011101 11000100111 110101101 011110111 1011100101 1001011011 011110111 011100111 1011100111 111100101 011011111 111101011 0011110111 111111101 101011111 1001110011 1011111000 1011110111 101011101 110100111 101110101 1100101101 010100111 111111100 0110101111 1011110101 110111001 110110111 11100101 1111011011 110100111 10110111 1010110111 110110111 1010101011 110110101 10101101001 111011011111 111101101 101111101 011011111 111100111 1111011000 1011110111 001010101 1101011001 01011101 111101101 010101101 110101111 11110100111 110111111 1111110101 110100111 11110110101 110101111 111100111
  • Amount of stanzas: 29
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 84
  • Average number of words per stanza: 17
  • Amount of lines: 59
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; white, i are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words 'or, 'what, 'oh, 'the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of The Ghost Bereft;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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