This is an analysis of the poem Dark Days that begins with:

What fool shall say, 'My days are fair,
God's in his world and all is well,'...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aXab cbcbXcbcb
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 11111111 10011101 11111001 11010101 11010101 10110111 11111111 01011011 11111111 11111101 010011001 01011111
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 140
  • Average number of words per stanza: 27
  • Amount of lines: 12
  • Average number of symbols per line: 34 (medium-length strings)
  • 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; in, o are repeated.

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

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

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