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

WOULD I could waken numbers, brighter, sweeter,
Than is the lark's song in the cloud above,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aBXb cdcd efef gggg hiXi ahah hjhX hchc gkgk fjfj ghgh fhfh glgl cmcm nhnh ogog niXi ghgh hphph jXjg cmcm Xjgj aqaq aBXb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,5,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110101010 1001100101 1111100101 1101010011 11000111010 10010001001 11010111010 0101000101 01011110010 0101010011 11010101010 1101010101 11010101010 1101010101 11010100010 1101011101 01011101110 11010010111 11010101010 1101110101 10010111010 0100111111 11110111010 0110010001 11111111010 0101001111 11010101010 11110101010 11010111110 11001010111 11011101010 01011110101 11010101010 11001110111 11011100010 1001011101 100011101010 1001000101 11010001010 111001101 110010001110 01001100111 11010111010 0101110101 110100101110 0101110101 10010101010 0101000101 1100100100010 01010100101 10010001010 1111010101 11100101010 0101010111 01110001010 0101010001 110100011100 1101001111 100101110100 1101010101 10010101010 1101010101 01010101010 1110011111 10110110010 10001011011 11110111100 11001010101 11010100010 1101010001 11110111010 1101001101 111111111 10 0111010101 11010111110 0101110101 10001111010 0110000110 11110110010 1001010111 11010001110 1011011101 11011001010 0101011101 10111010110 0101010111 01010011110 0101000101 1010001110 0101110101 11101001010 1111010101 10010111110 1001100101 1101110101 0101110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 24
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 182
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 97
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (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; to, and, too, strung, in are repeated.

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

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

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

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