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

Life was trembling, faintly trembling
On the bondman's latest breath, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcb ddXd Xdad cded Xfgf ehah dfgX ciei ahXh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110010100 1010101 11101010 0011101 11011010 1011101 10101010 1010101 11101010 1011101 10111010 1110101 10111010 1010101 10101111 1110111 1000101010 10111111 10111110 1011111 100100110 1110101 01101110 1011111 100101010 1110111 10101010 10111110 10101010 1110101 100111010 1011101 10011010 101101111 10101010 1110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 135
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; his, i, write, he are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word he at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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