This is an analysis of the poem A Voice from the Fireplace that begins with:

Like a windup denture in a joke store
fate approaches, leans quietly. Let's see . . ....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabcdeXcdfgXb ahiijkcchlkf gcgecXi kbjmXbibcbccXhiailkgmbk
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 13,12,7,23,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1011100011 1010110011 11010100011 1011001 01110001101 101011000 1101101011010 1001010111001 0011010111 111010101010 101001011110111 01111001 100100100101 11 101100101010 10010001001 1010101111111 111100101 0011001 11001101 1100111101 11101101011 11110101011 0010100110001 111111000 0101101111011 110101100 110110111101 011101001010 101011011001010 010011010011 0011110101111 110011011 1100101001110 00110100110100 10111010010 1111001010101 101010010100 11110111100101010 110010000101 101011100001 1011010110 110010101001011 001001010010 101011001 10111111011 111101111 110010101111111 11001001010110 1101010101 110011011111 111110010010 0111110110 1110101111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 481
  • Average number of words per stanza: 87
  • Amount of lines: 54
  • 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.

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  • summary of A Voice from the Fireplace;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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