This is an analysis of the poem Bums On Waking that begins with:

Bums, on waking,
Do not always find themselves...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbcde ef XcXXbf cg acfXdh ai jdiXacga Xicbbj bd bbhiXX ci dbbbXdXbb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,2,6,2,6,2,8,6,2,6,2,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1110 1111101 010010101011 10100011 10111100 101111 11111110 0100001010 101001010 1010110 10001010 10101 1010111 110100110 1110101 0100101 1001010 11001101 10101011 1010010 011111 11001010111 001010 101111 1010010 1111011 110111 11001011 11011110 0010110 10010101 010110 0101100 1111101 1011010 01110101 0011111011 11010010 110110011 01101 101110010 11011001 111101 01001101 11101101 0100101100 11111110 101011111 1111111 11011101 1101111 11111010 01010010 11101011 010101011 111010100
  • Amount of stanzas: 13
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 140
  • Average number of words per stanza: 25
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 32 (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; and, they, through are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Bums On Waking;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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