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

I wait and watch: before my eyes
Methinks the night grows thin and gray;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaab cdccd eaXea fbffb ghggh igXig
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11110111 10011111 11110101 01010110 01010001 11111101 11011111 11010111 11010101 01010101 11010011 11110101 11111110 01010101 11000101 10110101 01011111 010100001 01001111 01010101 01011001 11110101 11111101 11111101 11110100 110011100 11110111 11111110 01010101 10110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 175
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (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; and, of, one, oh are repeated.

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

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

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

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