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

HEAVEN-GIFTED was the mortal, thrice-illum'ed by heaven's own fire,
A bard the chords of whose great soul to love and truth were strung,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcb dede dfdf fefe ghgh fdXd fefe eded ieieXcbab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 101010101100110110 01010111011101 110101010101011 0110101010101 11000011010101 11001001000100101 11010100010101 101011101011101 01010100110101 01101101111101 11010001101101 0101011110111 001010100010101 11011100010101 101010111011101 111011000110101 001010000010001 10110101010101 01010101000101 11010101011111 1111010101100011 11110100010101 11011101010111 10010111010101 01000101010011 101100101010101 101000101010001 111010001010011 01000100010001 11010100010101 10100111100001 110001001010101 11110110110101 101000101111001 01010111010001 101010101111101 01010101010101 0110101010101 111101011111110 110101101101001
  • Amount of stanzas: 10
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 245
  • Average number of words per stanza: 45
  • Amount of lines: 40
  • Average number of symbols per line: 60 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, and, in, ill, of, that, which are repeated.

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

    The author used the same words in, the 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 your explanation of the poem:

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

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