This is an analysis of the poem Fading* that begins with:

She sits beside the window. All who pass
Turn once again to gaze on her sweet face.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaa bcbc dada eXec efef cdcd fgfg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101010111 1101011011 1011111101 011001101 11110101001 0111010111 0111010111 1111111101 1111010101 1101010101 1111010101 1101011101 1101110101 01010111010 0111111101 1111011101 11111101111 10010100111 1101010111 1111010101 1111010111 1111001011 1111010111 1111110101 1101110101 1001110001 1111011111 0101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 180
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 28
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; her, we, and are repeated.

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

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

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

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