This is an analysis of the poem The Dead Woman that begins with:

If suddenly you do not exist,
if suddenly you no longer live,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abC Xad C ee cfcX gghXcf dbbfadaXabhXcf
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,3,1,2,4,6,14,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 010011101 010011101 1111 1111 1111010 011 1111 1101111 111 11110 11001 11101010 11100 1100 11100 1011001 101111111 1110110 1111 1011 011101 0101011 0111 10101011 001111111 010111 111011101111 1101010111101 11101 010111 110101000 111011111111001 1111
  • Amount of stanzas: 7
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 125
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 33
  • Average number of symbols per line: 26 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • 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; victory, i, you, if, and, my are repeated.

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

    The author used the same word i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines voice, victory are repeated).

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

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