This is an analysis of the poem A Rough Sketch that begins with:

I caught, for a second, across the crowd--
Just for a second, and barely that--... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc cdcdee
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1110100101 110101101 011101101 1001001101 011100111 101111101 1111010101 110110111 10100110111 101101101 00110100101 1110100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 245
  • Average number of words per stanza: 50
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 40 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and are repeated.

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  • summary of A Rough Sketch;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation.

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