This is an analysis of the poem O Evening Star that begins with:

O evening star, have pity for my breast is torn with grief;'
Hold back the flood! it gushes forth in tears from my eyes....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabaXcXccXcabadd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 16,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11011101110101 1101010101011 010101011111011011 111011011001011010010 101011011111011110 11111011100101011 11100101111011 11111110111111 111111101101101 1111101111111000100 1101111011110111 110111011111100011001 1110011111110101 1111110011010101 1111010101110101 11110011111011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1121
  • Average number of words per stanza: 216
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 69 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 14
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; my, me, i, not, of, have, in, has are repeated.

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

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  • summary of O Evening Star;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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