This is an analysis of the poem Honey Dripping From The Comb that begins with:

How slight a thing may set one's fancy drifting
Upon the dead sea of the Past!--A view--... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaX cbcb dede ffff
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 11011111010 0101100101 01110101010 011111 1100110101 0111000101 1101010101 011101 1111010101 0101010111 1100010101 001101 1111110101 1001110101 1101010101 110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 148
  • Average number of words per stanza: 29
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; so is repeated.

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  • summary of Honey Dripping From The Comb;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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