This is an analysis of the poem House On A Cliff that begins with:

Indoors the tang of a tiny oil lamp. Outdoors
The winking signal on the waste of sea....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abXb aaaa acXc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 110100101111 0101010101 11010011101 110111011 11010101011 0111010111 10111101011 01010100111 11010111011 01010100101 11010011111 10000100101
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 184
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (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; indoors, of are repeated.

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

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