This is an analysis of the poem The Dark Stag that begins with:

1 A startled stag, the blue-grey Night,
2 Leaps down beyond black pines.... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdccd efefcbccb cgcgadaaad hghgdadda iXiXjajja bcbchehhX bdbdbkbbk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,9,10,9,9,9,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 101010111 1110111 101010101 1010101 101001101 1110101 1010010111 101110101 1110111 101110111 1110101 111011111 1111101 101110001 1100101 111110101 101110111 1110111 101011101 1110101 111010101 1011101 111011111 1010101 100110101 101110101 111010101 1011111 101100101 1010111 1110110101 1010101 111010111 1010101 101110101 101110111 1011101 110111101 11101001 111010101 1011100 111000101 11101011 101011101 101110101 1010111 111010111 1101101 1011010111 1110101 111010101 1111111 1111100101 110011101 1110111 101011111 1011001 101010111 1100101 101010101 1011111 111011101 101110111 1011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 392
  • Average number of words per stanza: 66
  • Amount of lines: 64
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; his is repeated.

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

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