This is an analysis of the poem A Suttee that begins with:

GATHER her raven hair in one rich cluster,
Let the white champac light it, as a star... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef gcgc ffff fhfh bbabXfdfd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 10010101110 1011010101 10010101010 1001 11010101010 0101010111 100101001010 0101 1111111111 01111101101 1011011101 0101 1111110111 1101001100 01010110101 0111 1111011111 010010111001 1011010101 1001 1101110101 11110010101 1101100101 0101 1101010001 1101110111 1001011110 1101 0111010101 1101010101 1000110001 1101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 151
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 37 (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; and, she are repeated.

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

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  • summary of A Suttee;
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