This is an analysis of the poem Vashti that begins with:

She leaned her head upon her hand
And heard the King's decree -- ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcb dece fdgd ggcX Xbhb aggg aici afXf abaX jbfb jXcX caXa cbhb hfff abgX aiai jfXf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010101 110101 101110011 110101 101010011 110101 10010001 110101 1000111101 010101 11111101 010101 101110011 110111 11111101 1100110 11010100 010101 11011101 111001 1010101101 1011101 11010101 110001 101010111 110111 01111101 110111 101010101 011111 11010111 111101 1010111101 111001 1010101101 10111010 11010001 110101 11010101 110101 11001001 110101 101010011 0111110 11010100 1010011 0101010 110101 100011101 011101 11011110 110101 11010111 110111 10010111 011101 101011011 011101 11010101 1111010 11010101 110101 10010101 110101 11010001 100101 01011101 111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 135
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 68
  • 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; her, and, my are repeated.

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

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

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