This is an analysis of the poem Witchcraft: New Style that begins with:

The sun drew off at last his piercing fires.
Over the stale warm air, dull as a pond... full text

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  • Rhyme scheme: abcbdbebfcXgbae eagdhcXeifecgccf bejhcaaaajeikil ahceca b XcabXm Ee Ec Ec Eh Eca Eea EXk Ek Ec En Eik Ekc Ek Egkk Enj Ea Eb En Eb Em EXk EbcdXcekk EX Eibacececoe Ec Ek Eh Eec En Eiemnmefcakdc eedghXbc aleombabaXlXbmXagabco X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 15,16,15,6,1,6,2,2,2,2,3,3,3,2,2,2,3,3,2,4,3,2,2,2,2,2,3,9,2,11,2,2,2,3,2,13,8,21,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 01111101010 1001111101 11000011001 1100010101 01110100111 1001110101 01001111001 1101110111 10110101010 0110011011 10010101010 0101010010010 1011101001 0111000101 1011010101 01011100010 1000100111 1011100101 00111010111 1111101101 1001010111 01010001100 1101001101 1110111101 11111001010 1101111110 1101111101 0101010011 1100010011 0101010001 11010110010 0101010011 1001111011 1101101101 01010100101 0111110111 1111010011 1101110101 1101101111 01011000101 11011110101 0111010110 0100010101 1011011001 1101010101 1111110101 0110110110 0110011111 1010011101 11111101001 1111011111 1001001101 11111101111 01010101001 1110110101 10111101001 111111001001 11110101001 101101001110 01 11111101111 010 11111100110 01 1111 010 01110111110111 101 11 1101 010 110101 0101010 11 111 0111011101 010 1101110101 11 11111111110 010 1111 11 101111 00010011 010 1111 01 11 1011 010 1001 1101111101 101101 11 1111 1111011101 010 11 11 11011101 010 1011 101 110111 010 111101100 11 11 1101110111 010 1111111001 1111011101 11110101001 110001101 1110111111 1011011110 111010011101 11101101111 11 10011 010 110111 1101101111 1101011111 100101110111 11011111010 1111111101 1111111111 1101110111 011110101110 1101010 11 100110 010 1110 101 10111011 010 10011 11111111010 11 101111 010 0111 11010111001 1101111100 10110011111 01111101010 0101010011 11110111110 0101011011 1111110011 101100101101 11111100101 111101 1111 1111010101 0101011101 11110000111 1101010001 0101011101 11010111110 100100101001 1101011101 11010110010 1101110011 10100011010 10011100110 11000010101 10111000101 010100011 0111011101 01010011111 11001101101 01011111001 0101010111 100010111110 11110101010 1011101101 1011100110 01111111110 1001100110 1111111101 10101111010 1111010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 39
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 169
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 187
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; to, her, he, it, me, of, his, and are repeated.

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

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

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines come is repeated).

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

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of Witchcraft: New Style;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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