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

Should I long that dark were fair? Say, O song.
Lacks my love aught that I should long?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaXbbXXb XcXcdd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic tetrameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1111101111 11111111 1010111 11010111 010001010 101 101011111 0111011101 1011011 1001110101 10011100101 010101 11001110101 1101111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 270
  • Average number of words per stanza: 49
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; that is repeated.

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

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