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

I
Once, in a dream, I saw a man... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: a bccbdeeddXffghhhcc X bdbdddiieejkbbjkk X lmlmddggggnndoodnnlleeggddbbhheeaaaee ddppddeedd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 1,18,1,17,1,37,10,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1 10011101 01011101 11111101 11010101 10011101 11011111 10010101 11010011 01010011 010111000 01010011 01100101 11110101 01011101 10110001 11000101 11011101 11010101 1 11110101 01010001 100100101 11011001 11011110 00110101 11011101 11010101 11110101 01010111 11011110 11010101 11110101 11010101 11110100 11011001 11011111 1 11110111 01011101 11010001 11011111 01000001 01110001 11001101 11001101 11000101 11010101 01010111 11010111 11101101 010100101 01100101 10010101 11010011 01111111 11011101 11011100 10010111 11010101 11110001 11011101 110011001 01011101 11011101 01110101 110110101 01010100 01010111 00111101 11010111 0100111001 11110111 11010101 01011101 10010101 11011101 010101001 01010101 11011101 01000101 01011101 11001101 01011011 11010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 399
  • Average number of words per stanza: 77
  • Amount of lines: 85
  • 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, of, his are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words nor, i, too, the are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Fame;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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