This is an analysis of the poem Curfew that begins with:

What else could we do, for the doors were guarded,
What else could we do, for they had imprisoned us,...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abbXXXaX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 8,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: no rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11111101010 111111110101 1111110101001 11111101101 1111111100110 111111101000 11111111010 1111111001
  • Amount of stanzas: 1
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 401
  • Average number of words per stanza: 79
  • Amount of lines: 8
  • Average number of symbols per line: 49 (strings are more long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 10
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; what, could, we, for, else are repeated.

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

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

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

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