This is an analysis of the poem Now, As You Awaken… that begins with:

Now, as you awaken, remember the swan's
last dance. Did you dance with young angels ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXXbXaXcbdXXXcXXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 18,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11101001001 110110110 1101000101 11110100010 100100100110 011111111 01101010010 00111011 01011101 10010101100 01110101010 11111010 011100101 1111100101 111111111 110100100111 1110111010 011001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 754
  • Average number of words per stanza: 142
  • Amount of lines: 18
  • Average number of symbols per line: 41 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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

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

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  • summary of Now, As You Awaken…;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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