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

Who dwelt in yonder lonely Cot,
Why is it thus forsaken?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abaccb dedffe gXgddh Xaeiia ejeXXj bebaae ejeeej ijieej ejeaaj ejeiij ekellk dhdbbh imiXcm hehnne ijieej abahhbXbeblle
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,13,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11010101 1001010 01110101 01010111 11010101 0111010 11010101 1101010 01010101 11000101 11010101 1101110 110101001 1101110 11110101 01011111 11010101 0101110 11010101 1101010 11111101 11010001 11100101 1101010 11010101 1101010 101101011 01001101 01011101 1101010 10111101 1111010 11010110 11110101 11010101 0101010 11010101 0101010 11010101 100100101 01010101 0101110 01010101 1101010 01110101 110100101 10010101 1011110 11011101 1111110 11010101 110100101 10110101 1111010 11010101 0101110 01010101 11010111 01011101 1011110 11010101 1101010 01110111 11111101 11100101 1101110 10010111 0101010 11011101 11011101 11011101 1101010 11111111 0101010 11010101 11010110 11010101 0101110 11010101 1101010 01010101 10110101 11010101 1101010 11011101 1101110 11010100 11010101 01011001 0101010 11011101 1101010 11111011 01110101 11111111 1111010 10111101 1110010 11110111 11011111 01011101 1110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 17
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 201
  • Average number of words per stanza: 35
  • Amount of lines: 102
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; why, and are repeated.

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

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

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