This is an analysis of the poem When The Dark Comes Down that begins with:

When the dark comes down, oh, the wind is on the sea
With lisping laugh and whimper to the red reef's threnody,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbbcc ddbbcc eeaXcc
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: heroic couplets
  • Metre: 101111010101 01011100011100 01110101010101 0100111001010101 11111111110111 111111010111 101111010101 110101011100101 11010111010101 01110111011101 11110101010101 011101010111 101111010101 11000101110101 11000111110101 010100100010100 11110101111101 11001001010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 347
  • Average number of words per stanza: 64
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 57 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 11
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and is repeated.

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

    The poet repeated the same word down 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 When The Dark Comes Down;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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