This is an analysis of the poem Trial that begins with:

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Whether the idle prisoner through his grate... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: X abbaaacddceecffc X gffghhfigig
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,16,1,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1 10010100101 1001000111 11010101111 0111001101 1001110101 10010111111 1001010001 1101011101 1101110101 1101010101 1001011111 0101110111 1101010110 11011101010 11010111010 11110010101 1 1111011111 111111001110 01001101010 1101110101 110101001001 1101010101 11110111010 1111110101 0001011101 11010100001 10011010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 304
  • Average number of words per stanza: 54
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (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; of, or are repeated.

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

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

  • summary of Trial;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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