This is an analysis of the poem Idler's Song that begins with:

I sit in the twilight dim
At the close of an idle day, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcddc bebebXfb ghghhbbh eieighhg gegeieei bcbXihhi cjcjbfXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1100111 10101101 11100111 110101 1110101 1111 1111 1100101 1100111 100101 010111 101101 1110101 00111 00111 101101 1110111 1110111 1100111 1110111 11101 10011 11101 101101 010101 110101 1110101 101101 1010101 10101 10111 110111 1111101 110101 1110101 101101 111101 1011 0101 1110101 1100101 011101 1100101 1111010 110111 1101 01110 110101 110101 100101 100101 110101 111101 10111 001111 0101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 213
  • Average number of words per stanza: 42
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

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

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

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

  • summary of Idler's Song;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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