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

She rose up in the early dawn,
And white and silently she moved... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababccbb dedebXfX gXXXaXXX ehehfXbX XiXijjXX afXfbXgg kakajXbX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11100101 11110011 01011111 01010111 11010101 10110001 11011101 11011001 01110111 11110101 11110001 11010011 11111111 10111111 11011111 10010101 01010101 110101100 11110001 11111101 11111111 111101010 1101011110 11011101 01010101 01011011 11100101 1110101 10010001 11111101 01010101 10110101 11010101 01111001 11011111 010101001 01110111 11011101 11010111 11010001 11011101 01110101 110111100 11111101 11010111 11110111 01010101 11010101 10111001 11010101 11110111 11010111 11010001 11111101 11011100 11011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 286
  • Average number of words per stanza: 58
  • Amount of lines: 62
  • Average number of symbols per line: 31 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; and, ', you, her are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words a, she at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines ' 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 Messenger;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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