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

Withered and gray as winter; gnarled and old,
With bony hands he crouches by the coals;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabbacdecde
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 14,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: sonnet with iambic pentameter or irregular meter
  • Metre: 1011110111 0101110101 0101011101 1101100111 0111011101 1101011101 0111011101 1111010001 1111111111 1011110101 01111110101 11011110111 1011011011 1001111111
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 660
  • Average number of words per stanza: 126
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 46 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; his, and, nor are repeated.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

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

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