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

A rose in my garden, the sweetest and fairest,
Was hanging her head through the long golden hours;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbdbeb caXXfXgX ebbXhXfX XdXXfbgb cXbXcheX badXfdad ebeX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010110010110 110011011010 110110110110 110110010010 010100010110 110010110011 111011110010 11001011011 111110010110 01101011111 110111111011 11011001101 101111010110 11101111111 111110110111 111110111010 111111011010 1110111001011 1111100010010 111111110010 110111110010 111101111100 111010111010 01011101001 111110110111 11111011101 1111011010010 11101011111 111010111010 111111111111 1111111010011 111111111001 111010110110 01011111011 1110110110010 01111001110 110111010010 11011011101 111111111110 1010011110010 111010010010 11101101101 1011011111110 11001011011 111010011110 11111101011 1010010110010 101011001111 10110100110010 11101111011 1101101100110 11101001011
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 374
  • Average number of words per stanza: 74
  • Amount of lines: 58
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; and, his, i are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word ' at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

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