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

In life you had a temper.
Your sarcasm was a whetted knife....

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXbacXDeXeXeXDdbfdXXDdagXfXdfgeefXDXdcXXXd
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 42,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0111010 111010101 0111001 111101110 11101 100111000 11110 110101 011101 1111101 1101011 010110 100111000 11110 01001010101 1011101 111111 111111101 1001110 100111000 11110 111011 101011100 11101010010 110111 110011 100111000 11110 10001011 010110 01000100 0010010 01010101 100111000 11110 111011 0111101 1101111 11101011 1101111 100111000 11110
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 1172
  • Average number of words per stanza: 234
  • Amount of lines: 42
  • Average number of symbols per line: 27 (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; you, in, as, come, when are repeated.

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

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase in connects the lines.

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

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