This is an analysis of the poem Post-Mortem that begins with:

BURY me with clenched hands
And eyes open wide,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Xaaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101011 11101 10111011 10101111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 116
  • Average number of words per stanza: 23
  • Amount of lines: 4
  • Average number of symbols per line: 28 (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; and is repeated.

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