This is an analysis of the poem Demolition that begins with:

The intact facade's now almost black
in the rain; all day they've torn at the back ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aabcdX efXXff gdhXij kfXhal hXhhge mchkkc Xmfmkm diXffh lXkmmb XcjjlkXhjkfmj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 0011001111 0011111101 00101101010 01100011011101 101110101 1100101100 0101110101 10001101101 100010100101 1010111110 01011101010 1110111 11010111001 01010111100 010110100101 10100101010011 1101001001 11010010011010 1101110101 110111110100 11101011001 1001010101010101 1001010101 010001011101 1010101111 111000101010 1101001101 1111001000101 1100100101 1110111001010 0001001001001 10100101 10110010 001010011110 101011111110 110101010010 010101000100 01010011001101 111011010100 10100101101 110010010100 1001010111 0001000100010 10011000001 11000011101100 11010101 0101010010 100101011 0110111 110000100 010101010101 110101001101 111010100 010111010 111110110101 101110111 11010101 1010101 00101111 01111100 01001101 11101001111 01110010010010 100101010 10111011110 11101010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 11
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 265
  • Average number of words per stanza: 43
  • Amount of lines: 66
  • Average number of symbols per line: 44 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • 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; and, i are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

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

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