This is an analysis of the poem On Her Dancing that begins with:

I stood and saw my Mistress dance,
Silent, and with so fixed an eye,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111101 10101111 11011001 11011 111111101 111101 11000101 11000101
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 241
  • Average number of words per stanza: 51
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; i is repeated.

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

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

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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