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

Now the truce of night brings respite to the sordid care of day,
And in listlessness I pace the river side, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababcc dedecc fcfcccXffffcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rima
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 101011100010101 10100110101 101010101110101 10101001001 1010010101010111 0010101000111 101001101010101 10101010111 0101111011101 10101110101 10111010111101 1010101000111 101000101010001 10101010011 111010101110101 11111010110 11111010111101 1010101000111 111010101010011 10100010101 101000100101001 10100010101 111000101010101 0010101001111
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 325
  • Average number of words per stanza: 56
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 53 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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

    The poet repeated the same word bell at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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

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