This is an analysis of the poem Advice To A Raven In Russia (1812) that begins with:

Black fool, why winter here? These frozen skies,
Worn by your wings and deafen'd by your cries,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeeffggddhh ffXcXhiiaaccddddddhh ggddhhddddffbbaaXbjjkkffdXiahhhhddaaaahhddaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,20,44,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1111011101 11111100111 1111110101 1110100101 1101110111 1101010101 11110100111 01010000111 1101010111 11001000101 10010011101 1111010101 01010010101 1101110011 1111011101 0101001101 1111011101 1101010101 11010100101 1111011111 01011101010 11010100101 01001010101 11111100111 11100100101 10110010101 10010111001 1101010101 1101110111 10110001001 1111011101 1111011111 1111011111 1111010101 11010101001 010010100101 0101001001 0111011101 0101110101 1011010101 11011111001 1001010111 1011010101 0101110101 11110010011 01010101001 1101011111 1101110101 01001001111 1101011101 0101110101 1101010101 1101111101 1101010101 1101010110 1111110011 10110010111 0111110111 0101010101 0111010101 1111011001 0111110101 1111110101 01010011010 1111011101 0111011101 1111000101 1101100101 0111011111 0011000101 1001010101 10110100101 11010101010 11011101010 1101010111 1101010101 1111000101 1101110001 11101111101 1101010101 1001110101 1101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1236
  • Average number of words per stanza: 218
  • Amount of lines: 82
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; you, your, to, his are repeated.

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  • summary of Advice To A Raven In Russia (1812);
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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