This is an analysis of the poem At Peace that begins with:

Shut close the wearied eyes, O Sleep!
So close no dreams may come between, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbbacaa dbbbdcdd eXXXecXe
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11010111 11111101 01010111 11111110 0101 11110100 11111101 1111 11010111 11111101 01011111 111101001 1101 10110100 01010101 1111 11100111 11110111 01000100 11101100 1101 01110100 11110100 1111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 313
  • Average number of words per stanza: 46
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 38 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; sleep, rest, her, death are repeated.

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

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  • summary of At Peace;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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