This is an analysis of the poem Evil Spirits that begins with:

You are possessed.
Witch doctors believe in phantoms,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbc XadXde bdaefg beXbbg bdcfgXc c X
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,6,6,6,7,1,1,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: ballad stanza
  • Metre: 1101 11001010 11110110110 101001011001 111011001 1101111 0111111 01000101001 111101010 1010110111 101111 01111110101 00100011010010 1010100101 1101111001 10110101100 1101101 0110101 111011 101011111 111101 01001010100 10110001010110 111100111 11011011101 01010001010 11111101110 11101011 1111 11 110010
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 160
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 31
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (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; your, we are repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines die is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word die at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

    The literary device anadiplosis is detected in two or more neighboring lines. The word/phrase skins connects the lines.

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

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