This is an analysis of the poem The Deserted Homestead that begins with:

PAST a dull, grey plain where a world-old grief seems to brood o’er the silent land,
When the orbéd moon turns her tense, white face on the... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaa bcb ddd ddd eeX fff ggg hhh eee fff iii jjj hhh ddd eee hhh kXk ccc jjj eeX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 101111011110110101 10111011110100101 101111010110100101 101111010111110111 001011011110100111 101011110110110101 1011110101101011101 1010100110010100111 111011011100100101 00111010100100101 11101101111011101 111110110110101101 101111010101010101 00101001011011101 101010010100101111 10101011011010111 11010010110100111 1010110010110100101 10101001011100101 10101101011010101 101010010100100101 1110110101101001001 101110011100100101 101010011111100101 111111010110100101 101101001110010101 1111110100100101101 00111110110100101 111011111110111001 10101010111010100101 001111011110100101 101111011110100101 10111111111011101 101110010100100101 101111011111100101 101111011100101101 1011100101111001101 00111011111100101 101111010100100111 1011101011010111 10111000011010100101 10101101011010111 1011100101111100101 1010110110010100111 101111111100110101 110110010110100101 101011010111101101 10101101010110101 00111101011100111 001010010110101100 101011010110100101 101111010100110111 10101001011100101 10111101011100110 1011100101101001001 101011110110101101 10101001011100101 101111011110100101 101010010110111010 10101111011100101110
  • Amount of stanzas: 20
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 230
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 60
  • Average number of symbols per line: 76 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 15
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, s, it, in, of are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word on at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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