This is an analysis of the poem A Dream that begins with:

I dreamed that I ws dead and crossed the heavens,--
Heavens after heavens with burning feet and swift,-- ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXX XbcB bdXd abbB baXX XbcB
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11111001111010 101010010111 111011110111 11110111110 1111110111 1101010101 1101011101 0111010101 1101111111 01010110011 11010101101 1101010101 1101010011 1101010111 1101110101 0111010101 101010110111 1111010101 1101010011 11001101010 1111110111 10010100111 0101010101 0111010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 184
  • Average number of words per stanza: 33
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (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; i, and, heavens are repeated.

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

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

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

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