This is an analysis of the poem The Black Charger that begins with:

There's a terrible steed that rests not night nor day,
But onward and onward, for ever away,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccdd bbaXeeff ggXbhXii jjaahhkk aabblldd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 101001111111 11011011001 11011011011 01011001101 0101101011 101001011011 11011011111 11011011001 11101001001 11101101001 11111101101 001101011111 101101101101 111001101001 11011011101 11011011111 11101101001 11111001001 1011010011100 1110111011010 001001101001 111001001011 1101111001 101001001011 11101111101 101101001001 11001111001 1010111101011 11001111101 111001001111 01001001101 11011001001 111001111111 11101111101 110001101101 101001111001 111001111111 111101111111 11011011011 101101101101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 404
  • Average number of words per stanza: 77
  • Amount of lines: 44
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • 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; through, and, by, he, you, on, his, till, him are repeated.

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

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

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

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

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