This is an analysis of the poem The Dead Dream that begins with:

Between the darkness and the day
As, lost in doubt, I went my way,... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabbccddeeffeeccgghhiijjgg
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 26,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: couplets
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01010101 11011111 11011111 01110001 01010111 11011101 01011001 11010110 01110111 10010001 100101010 0100011010 11010111 01111111 11010111 10010101 01111101 11010111 10010100 010010100 10110111 01110001 11011101 11010101 11010101 11110011
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 884
  • Average number of words per stanza: 183
  • Amount of lines: 26
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (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; as, and are repeated.

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

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  • summary of The Dead Dream;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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