This is an analysis of the poem The Well's Secret that begins with:

I KNEW it all my boyhood: in a lonesome valley meadow,
Like a dryad's mirror hidden by the wood's dim arches near; ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef gege hfhf ijij
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 110111100101011 10110101011101 011101111111011 1110101110010111 11111101101010 0010010101010101 110101000101010 1111111110010001 1111101010101010 101110101011101 1110011011101010 101010101110101 1010101010101010 1010010101111101 1110101110111010 001101101110111 1010101000101110 11111101011001 1010011110101100 101010101010101 1111101010101011 011010100110101 110111011111111 111010101010001
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 252
  • Average number of words per stanza: 47
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 62 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 12
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word and is repeated.

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

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in it:

  • summary of The Well's Secret;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation.

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