This is an analysis of the poem Old Ghosts that begins with:

CLOVE-SPICY pinks and phlox that fill the sense
With drowsy indolence;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XXaaaaaaXbXbccdXddeeffffgghhhX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 30,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1101111101 010100 100101 01001010001 100111 011111 1001010001 010101 010101 1101110100 110111 010100 1101010101 010111 011101 1001010100 010101 110001 1101011101 0101101 010001 1111010101 100111 0100101 0101011101 110101 101101 11001001101 111111 110110
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 940
  • Average number of words per stanza: 173
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 30 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; of, and are repeated.

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

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  • summary of Old Ghosts;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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