This is an analysis of the poem The Frost Spirit that begins with:

He comes, - he comes, - the Frost Spirit comes!
You may trace his footsteps now ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: Ababacac AXaXdbeb AefegbXb Ahchddgd AiXififi
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,8,8,8,8,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 111101101 1110111 1010110101 1011101 11100100111 1110111 10111001011 1100101 111101101 0010101 0010100101 10111010 1010010101 1010101 00101001001 0010111 111101101 1010101 101110111 1010111 01100111101 10100101 1010100101 1010101 111101101 1010111 010100101 1100101 1011110101 1100101 110101101 1010101 111101101 1111111 11001001010 0101001 110100101 10100101 1110100101 1010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 5
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 303
  • Average number of words per stanza: 54
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same words from, and are repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Frost Spirit;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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