This is an analysis of the poem The Old School List that begins with:

In a wild moraine of forgotten books,
On the glacier of years gone by,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbXdad ebfbgded adhdhdad ceaeddcd idXXadid jfafbdjd eiXigded
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 0010100101 10100011 111111101 1111111 11110111111 1100101 111101111 11111111 101001101111 10100101 1111111101 11101111 111111111 1110101 00100111101 11100111 11110101111 1101111 1110111111 11101111 1111011110 011101 0100101101 11100111 1011100111 1101101 110101101 11111101 1110110101 10110101 101011000111 00100111 101001011001 1101101 1110110111 111101010 11110111001 1100101 1110111011 11100111 101101001011 1100111 10100010111001 11010101 1110111101 101010001 0100100101 11100111 1010101101 1100101 1101001110 1101010 1101110101 1111101 1111101001 11100111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 322
  • Average number of words per stanza: 60
  • Amount of lines: 56
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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; and, lost, i, some, since are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words and, or, there are repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word list at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of The Old School List;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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