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

Thou shalt do what Thou wilt with thine own hand,
Thou form'st the spirit like the moulded clay;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcdefefgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: shakespearean sonnet
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: Shakespearean sonnet
  • Metre: 1111110111 1101010101 1111111101 1011011101 111101001011 11010111010 0101010111 11010101010 0101011101 1111010101 0101110101 1111011101 1111010101 10110001001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 642
  • Average number of words per stanza: 116
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 45 (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; thou, their are repeated.

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

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

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