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

My shadow --
I woke to a wind swirling the curtains light and dark...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabcdefdffXaeg XXbXhgh Xc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,7,2,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111 1100110010111 101100101111 0010101111010 1110110111010 11111111101 101101110101 0110 10011 10011101 110101010110 0111111 11111 100101 01001010 101010010101 01110101 001101010101 11111101 11111111 111101 0100010
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 261
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 23
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

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

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