This is an analysis of the poem The Master's Hand that begins with:

THE scroll was old and gray;
The dust of time had gathered white and chill... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abba acca cddc effe gggg eddX gffg gaagXfbbf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: enclosed rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 011111 0101110111 0101000101 111101 010101 1111010111 1101110101 110101 110101 0111010101 11010101001 110101 110101 0111010111 01010001101 110011 010101 1101010111 0100011101 010101 111101 1101010111 1101001101 1101010 1101001 11011101111 1011010101 110101 110101 0101110101 1100010101 011101 1100111 1011111101 0101011101 110101
  • Amount of stanzas: 9
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 164
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 42 (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, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word the 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 The Master's Hand;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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