This is an analysis of the poem Love For A Hand that begins with:

Two hands lie still, the hairy and the white,
And soon down ladders of reflected light...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabcXb ddcXdX aaaeea dddffd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: couplets
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 1111010101 1111000101 01010101000 1101110101 11010100101 1111010100 1101110101 01001110101 0101010111 1101010001 100110111 00101000111 0111110101 1101011111 01010110101 0101010101 0101000101 0101000101 1001110101 1001011101 1101010101 11110010101 11010101111 0100010110
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 252
  • Average number of words per stanza: 48
  • Amount of lines: 24
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; it, he are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Love For A Hand;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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