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

I was smoking a cigarette;
Maud, my wife, and the tenor McKey... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaabcc deddeaa eaXeaXa feffedd gaegXhh abaabii
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 7,7,7,7,7,7,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11100101 111101001 0100100101 1100101101 1100101 11110111 101101101001 1110100111 011100111 10100111 1110100101 010111 101111101 0100101101 1011110111 110101101 111101100 0010111101 0011101 111111010110 0111001111 11100111 11101111 111101101 1110111101 1101101 1010101101 111111101 1011001010 101111101 10101101 11011001110 11001010 1111101101 001111001101 111101101 101101001 11101101101 1101101111 1111111 1111100101 1001011011
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 343
  • Average number of words per stanza: 64
  • Amount of lines: 43
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; face, and, you, so, your are repeated.

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

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

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