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

I have not the gift of vision,
I have not the psychic ear,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXbacXc adadefef ghghigig gcgcahah XaXaijij ededdbdb ehehklkl mcmchdhd gXjgjadad
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11101010 1110101 101111100 110111 11101110 1011101 01011010 1011111 11011110 1101111 1111010010 00011011 111010010 0100101 1011010010 00100111 100011110 1101011 00001010 0101101 001001110 1101001 01010010 10101001 100011110 0101111 110110100 10100101 11111010 1110101 111010110 11111001 001011010 01101001 11011100 00101101 101011110 11111001 111110010 01101001 111011110 11011001 101001010 01001001 101001010 00110101 101001010 1101101 111110010 11101001 110110010 11001001 1111010 01011001 110110010 11101001 1011010010 001001001 1010011010 01001101 101111110 101011111 01010010 01101101 00011110 0111001 11001010 0010101 10011010 0101110 111110110 1100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 247
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 80
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; i, and, it, of are repeated.

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

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

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

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