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

Ce soir-là j'avais lu fort longtemps quelque auteur.
Il était bien minuit, et tout à coup j'eus peur....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXaXaXbXbXaaXXXXXXXX XXXX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 20,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111101110110 1111011111 10111111111100 1110100110010 1010111011100 10111010101 10011110101110 11110010110 1111001100110 1010111010110 110101011111 111010110101 1111010111011 111110101110 1111001111 10111010111 11010011010 11011111 111100111111 110011110010 110011110110 10101100100 11101001010 1110101111100
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 564
  • Average number of words per stanza: 99
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; peur, et, de are repeated.

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines te is repeated).

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase peur connects the lines.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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