This is an analysis of the poem From The Grave that begins with:

When the first sere leaves of the year were falling,
I heard, with a heart that was strangely thrilled,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a b a b c d c d e f e f a b a b a g X g h e h e d h d h e h e h a f aXf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,3,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10111001010 1100111101 1001001110 011100101 1110101110 1011011101 11101001110 1100100111 001001001110 010101111 0101011110 11101101111 1100101010 110100011 1111011010 111110111 1111110110 011110111 1011010110 110101111 11100111011 010101111 00101001111 110101101 11111001010 1110111111 11101010010 110011101 11111111110 111010111 1100101110 00111001011 11101101110 0101111101 1111011110 100111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 36
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 42
  • Average number of words per stanza: 9
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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; of, it, i, and, there, no, you are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words a, and, you are repeated.

    The author used the same words a, and, you at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase you connects the lines.

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  • summary of From The Grave;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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