This is an analysis of the poem In The Night that begins with:

As to her child a mother calls,
'Come to me, child; come near!'...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXab XbXb cdcd dcdc aef ef ghgh
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,3,2,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 10010101 101111 10010100 010111 11111100 011111 11111100 110011 01110101 110111 11110111 111111 10110111 011101 11101111 111111 110 11101 110111 01111101 111110 11110111 110101 01010110 111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 118
  • Average number of words per stanza: 24
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; he, i, thou are repeated.

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

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

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

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