This is an analysis of the poem After Long Drought that begins with:

After long drought, commotion in the sky;
After dead silence, thunder. Then it comes, ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabba cdceed
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: Shakespearean sonnet
  • Metre: 1011010001 1011010101 0101011101 1111011101 01011011001 1110010101 1101010100 1101010101 0111001101 1101010011 0100010101 1001010111 0101011101 0101010101
  • Amount of stanzas: 2
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 306
  • Average number of words per stanza: 55
  • Amount of lines: 14
  • Average number of symbols per line: 43 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

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

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

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