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

My body, eh? Friend Death, how now?
Why all this tedious pomp of writ? ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef Bbbb agAg hbhb hbhb XbXb bibi dbdb hahaXBAba
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11011111 110100101 11010111 110100111 01110101 11110101 0100101001 01111111 11011101 00010111 11010101 11011101 11110111 11011101 01010011 110011111 11011101 11110101 11011111 11111111 11111111 11111101 11011101 10110001 11101101 11101101 11011101 11110101 11110101 10010111 110011110 101010101 01011100 01110101 010011111 11011101 11010101 11010101 01011101 01010101 11111111 11011101 01010101 01110111 11110111 11011111 11101111 11011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 12
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 147
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 48
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (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; thy, thou, i, in, of, so, its are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words i, of, o, its 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.

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

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