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

Talk happiness. The world is sad enough
Without your woe. No path is wholly rough.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbcc ddaaee ffgghh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1100010101 0111110101 1101011111 1100010101 01111101001 0100011111 1101010101 1101001101 0111011111 1101110101 0101111111 1101011111 1101010101 0101000111 1101110011 1101110101 1111110101 1111111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 260
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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

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

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

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