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

There is a haunting phantom called Regret,
A shadowy creature robed somewhat like woe,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabba aXaccX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1001010101 01001011111 1100011111 1011110101 1111011101 1101011011 1101110101 1101110001 1111101111 1111011101 1011011111 1111011111 1111111101 1111111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 307
  • Average number of words per stanza: 62
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (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; i is repeated.

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

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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