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

O Merlin in your crystal cave
Deep in the diamond of the day,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbcaddXbecec
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic tetrameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 11001101 10010001 01100010 1100101 010111010 010100101 1010101 1111101 11010100 11010101 0110101 010110010 011000101 1110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 437
  • Average number of words per stanza: 85
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

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

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

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

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