This is an analysis of the poem The Vital Spark: An Inner Voice that begins with:

BEWILDERED by Life's Gordian Knot, long o'er me
Despair had flung her adamantine chain,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXa baba cdXd dbdb efef Xfgf hdhd bgbg Xaca cici XcXX abab XXgg gdgd cgcg dgdg XhXh cXcd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 0101110011101 0111010001 11001011010 0111110101 11010001010 1101011101 01100101010 1101111111 11010111010 0011001101 01100101100 1101010001 10010011010 0101010101 00100100010 1101010101 11110111010 1011010101 11011101110 0101010101 11011001110 1101011101 11011110110 1101010101 11011101010 1101010101 11010101010 0111011111 10010001010 0001010101 10011101110 0111000101 11011101010 0101010101 11011101110 0101110101 11010101010 01001010101 01010111110 1101010101 11010101100 01110101010 11111101110 1101010101 1101110110 0111010111 11010111010 0101010100 11010101010 0101010101 11011000110 1101010101 1011110001010 1101010101 111111110010 1101010111 110100100010 10101111101 01011101010 0110001001 11010101010 1001011111 11010101110 1101111101 1101010101 0101011111 1101000111 010010100111 11011101110 1100011010 11110111110 1101110111
  • Amount of stanzas: 18
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 181
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 72
  • 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, man, by, in, that, he are repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Vital Spark: An Inner Voice;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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