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

Who say these walls are lonely-these-
They may not see the motley throng... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdad eaea fgfg acac dedX efef hihiXeaea
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 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: 11111101 11110101 11001111 01010101 11111101 11010101 01010111 10110010 11011101 010111010 11010101 110101110 11110101 01010101 11110101 0101001 110100101 01110001 11110111 01000101 11110101 010010101 11010101 010101 11010101 11010101 11110101 0110111 01110111 01110101 11011101 01011111 01111101 01010101 01000111 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 148
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; here, and are repeated.

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

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

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

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

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