This is an analysis of the poem In The Night that begins with:

In the silent midnight watches,
When the earth was clothed in gloom,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbcdad aefeXdgd Xehefhah gigXadajgd gjXkgjlkck gjmdddlifi gagaXg ciX fmfmdglg fagaXkhk fdgdagfX ckXklgag
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,10,10,10,6,3,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 00101110 1011101 10111010 1100011 10101010 0011101 11101010 1010001 01101110 1111111 10111010 11101011 11101110 1110001 10101110 0011101 11101010 1110101 11101010 0010001 11101110 1110111 00100010 0010111 10100010 1111111 11101110 1111100 11111110 0011111 00111 0 10 1010111 10101110 1100101 00101010 1 010 101 11111110 1010111 11111011 1011111 111011110 1 1 11111 111011010 1111001 10101010 0010101 10111110 1110011 10111110 1010111 00111010 10100111 1110 1010 0110101 10101110 1010101 10101110 1110101 10101110 1110101 10101010 1111101 11101110 1111011 10111010 0010011 10110010 1111101 100111011 10011101 101111101 010111 10101010 0110101 10101010 1010111 10111010 10111001 11110110 11101110 10111010 0010111 11101010 0011111 01101010 1001011 10100010 1110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 234
  • Average number of words per stanza: 44
  • Amount of lines: 105
  • 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, listen, us, we, have, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words from, these, would, every, we are repeated.

    The author used the same word 'we at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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  • summary of In The Night;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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